In the presence of the Chief of Staff, John Manzoras the sole representative of the National Council of Ministers, and without the presidency together for change, the US Embassy in Buenos AiresIn charge of Mark StanleyAnd the This afternoon it celebrates the 246th anniversary of its independence.
This is the first time in three years that the embassy has opened its doors, and it has done so huge celebration Where there was no shortage of music or delicacies, but where Political absences are noted, especially on the part of the government.
Under Secretary of State for Latin American Affairs, Gustavo Martinez PandianiSergio Massa, representing the renewal front. do the same Ferdinand BruneSincerely, the Secretary of Strategic Affairs of the Presidency of the Republic, Gustavo Bellez. Comfortable in his role as the sole representative of the government, Mansour spoke enthusiastically with the Peronist Governor of Catamarca, Raul Jalil. Miguel Pescithe head of the central bank, was also part of the curtailed pro-government entourage.
“There are places you should be”He told Mansour Nationwhile waiting for the elevator that will bid him farewell to the first floor of the palace of the embassy headquarters.
Neither the party leaders of the opposition, nor the presidential candidates were from Together for Change. Fernando Stravis Represented the government of Buenos Aires Horacio Rodriguez Laretta s Gustavo Gomez Repetto Came on behalf of the former president Mauricio Macri.
Representatives Silvia Lospinato and Ricardo Lopez Murphy They said present, like John Manuel Lopez Civil Alliance – ARI. Hernan Lacunzawho came to say hi too, avoided talking about the economy with a smile.
There were also, among others, businessmen Mario Montoto and Matthias Zapirofederal judges Ariel Legault and Federico Villina (in charge of the case of the Venezuelan plane hijacked in Ezeiza) and the ambassadors Carlos Inchizo Christiansen (Uruguay) and Galette Ronin (Israel).
In his speech, Ambassador Stanley said: “Celebration too A good time to reflect on the principles that have been the foundation of our country: equality, life, freedom and the pursuit of happiness. We are proud of these values. And during my travels around Argentina, I learned that Argentines share the same love for these values as me.”
Without mentioning thorny issues, such as the government’s relationship with Venezuela or Cuba, Stanley asserted: “Our countries share many other values: respect for human rights, a commitment to protecting freedom of speech and religion, and the view that democracy, even with its fragility, is the best form of government.“.
This year’s celebration, the first in three years due to the coronavirus pandemic, is inspired by the city of New Orleans. Like Argentina, the United States is a nation of immigrants. “We are a multi-faceted country known for its cultural diversity,” the ambassador said before leading the toasts into a crowded hall.
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