Juan Gonzalez, advisor to US President Joe Biden and director of the National Security Council for the Western Hemisphere, said the talks that took place the day before Melia’s inauguration were “very positive” and focused on the country’s faltering economy.
Argentina suffers from an inflation rate of 150 percent, and more than two-fifths of the population lives in poverty. The current IMF program is $44 billion, and if this plan fails, the central bank’s net reserves will be in the deep red, and the economy is at risk of recession.
Melia’s idea. “Electric shock therapy”
After his inauguration, Miley is expected to implement a series of measures aimed at reducing government spending. This will be a “shocking” treatment plan whose supporters hope will stabilize the economy, but it will be painful for Argentines, at least in the short term.
“I think the priority is the economic challenges that Argentina faces,” Gonzalez said, adding that the United States is ready to support Argentina in lithium mining.
In response to a question about a possible deal to facilitate the purchase of used American F-16 aircraft for Argentina, he said that the two sides were “in discussions” without providing further details.
Miley, who has been critical of China and proclaims a pro-American approach to foreign policy, is scheduled to be sworn in on Sunday in the presence of figures such as President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky And Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Former Brazilian right-wing leader Jair Bolsonaro, who met with Miley on Friday, will also be present.
Gonzalez said no U.S. delegation meeting with Zelensky, who is trying to shore up support for Ukraine in its 21-month war with Russia, has been confirmed, but an informal meeting with the head of the U.S. delegation, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, is likely.
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