President Alberto Fernandez He stated this Friday in Paris, as part of the last day of his tour of Europe, that he is convinced that “the world today needs more food and more protein and not more missiles”, before sharing a meeting with his counterpart from France, Emmanuel Macron.
In a joint statement with the French president, in the entrance courtyard of the presidential Elysée Palace in Paris minutes before holding a bilateral meeting, Fernández maintained that “the world cannot bear more deaths and peace is urgent. We come to make ourselves available to see what we can help from Latin America and for the world to recover peace.
The Argentine Head of State, in charge of the pro tempore Presidency of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, and Macron, president of the European Union (EU) until June 1, agreed on the need to “respond collectively” for the consequences of the conflict in Ukraine and warned of the risk of an energy and food crisis in the most disadvantaged areas of the planet.
“As president of CELAC, I bring the continent’s concern about the war in Ukraine. We cannot continue to put food and energy security at risk. After the damage of the pandemic, we need the economy to grow again,” Fernandez remarked.
Referring to the link with the French country, he asserted that both countries “have a very long common history. Not only are there many companies that invest in Argentina but many others continue to do so. And we also have enormous cultural ties and I celebrate it”. For this reason, Fernández pointed to Macron’s “electoral success”, after having won the ballot last month in the presidential election against the far-right Marine LePen“because it brought a lot of tranquility to the world”.
For his part, the President of France considered that “we have the great opportunity to build new projects together in the defense sector, critical minerals, the energy transition, clean energy and also in the cultural and educational fields to strengthen ties between the two countries”.
“The situation in Ukraine has created the risk of generating an energy and food crisis throughout the world and we must respond. It is an opportunity to build cultural and scientific links between the two countries,” Macron said.
Lastly, the Frenchman highlighted “the defense of human and democratic rights as objectives shared between Argentina and France”, while congratulating Fernández on the agreement reached with the IMF.