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ARGENTINA | 21-05-2018 11:46

Historic gesture: Boris Johnson pays homage to Malvinas war fallen in Buenos Aires

The UK's top diplomat Boris Johnson is visiting Buenos Aires for the G20 Foreign Ministers summit.

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Sunday laid a wreath at the monument to fallen Malvinas/Falkland War soldiers. 

Johnson is visiting Buenos Aires for the G20 Foreign Ministers summit. It is the first time in 22 years that a British foreign secretary has visited the country.

The UK's top diplomat was accompanied at the monument in the Retiro neighbourhood by his Argentine counterpart Jorge Faurie.

“It is an honour to join Foreign Minister Faurie today, and to lay a wreath at the Monument to the Fallen, commemorating all those who died in the Falklands (Malvinas) Islands conflict”, Johnson said.

Defence Minister Oscar Aguad, Security Minister Patricia Bullrich and British Ambassador to Argentina Mark Kent also attended Sunday’s homage.

“As the UK leaves the European Union, my message is that the UK is open for business. I look forward to a new chapter in our relationship, and booming trade prospects, after the UK leaves the European Union”, Johnson said upon arrival to Argentina earlier in the day.

Anglo-Argentine relations are enjoying a renaissance of sorts following two years of cooperation in a number of areas including, and particularly, the humanitarian mission to identity Argentine soldiers buried near Darwin.

Johnson’s gesture comes a little over one month after relatives of fallen soldiers travelled to the Islands to place plaques on the tombs of their loved ones.

-TIMES

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