Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Argentine Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero before their meeting

SECRETARY BLINKEN: Good afternoon, everyone. Good to see you all, and especially good to see Foreign Minister Cafiero. Santiago, welcome to the State Department, welcome to Washington. So good to have you here. Argentina is a friend and a partner in our hemisphere and beyond. We have much to say today, from events and challenges in our own hemisphere to points that go far beyond.

But we also look forward to Argentina taking on a leadership role in the Human Rights Council, where we look forward to working closely together, and we are very strong supporters of a vibrant Argentine economy, which will only further strengthen our own partnership and Argentina’s leadership in our hemisphere and beyond.

So many things to say, but first, welcome. It’s great to have you here in Washington.

CAFIERO FOREIGN MINISTER: Very well, thank you very much, Mr. Secretary. Argentina and for our administration, it’s – it’s very important to have this meeting. It is very important to continue to strengthen the relationship with the United States. We hope to work on a constructive agenda that involves human rights, climate change, disarmament and non-proliferation, and economic sustainability for development.

So thank you very much, Mr. Secretary, for making this meeting possible in this difficult context of the pandemic.

SECRETARY BLINKEN: Thank you, and again, welcome. Thank you everyone.