Relations between Greece and Argentina are ruled by feelings of warmth and friendship, as well as an agreement of views on multiple levels, the Argentine Ambassador in Athens Juan Jose Arcuri, said in an exclusive interview with the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA).
"The Argentinians and the Greeks have experienced similar historical situations and, of course, economic crises with comparable characteristics," he said. He underlined that his country wants to further cement its ties with Greece, with emphasis on bilateral trade, culture and education. He also noted that migration, humanitarian aid and protection of the environment were issues on which there could be joint action by Greece and Argentina.
The ambassador of Argentina also referred to the sizeable Greek community in his country, indicating that this was an element that facilitated exchanges and help strengthen ties of friendship between the two countries.
He also welcomed Greece's name agreement with FYROM, saying that he hopes it will contribute to peace and stability in the Balkans.
Referring to the state of the Greek economy, he underlined that "the sacrifices of the Greek people were remarkable and I think we would all like to see a swift recovery of the country and its people."
Focusing on the current challenges faced by Argentina, he said that the main problems were the economic issues that have an impact on the daily life of Argentinians, such as maintaining economic growth, generating jobs, reducing poverty levels and increasing the rate of investment in infrastructure. Succeeding in this would ensure the interconnection of all Argentinian citizens and provide each of them with equal opportunities, the Argentine ambassador said.
Finally, in reply to the reactions over Argentina's latest resort to aid from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), he admitted that there had been a tense moment that was greeted by many with fear and anxiety but noted that people have now understood that it was a negotiation without a secret agenda, carried out in public, and with the intention of solving problems rather than create even more.