President Alberto Fernández will fly to the United States on Saturday to participate in the 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York, with the Peronist leader set to address the global gathering this coming Tuesday (September 20).
The president’s scheduled address will mark his return to the assembly after two years of attending virtually due to Covid-related health restrictions.
The general debate of the Assembly runs from September 20 and 26. President Fernández is expected to issue a statement on the first day of general debate, in the afternoon.
According to Presidential Spokesperson Gabriela Cerruti, the substance of the speech will relate to the impact of the war in Ukraine, and more specifically, the economic repercussions felt by countries in the southern hemisphere.
The Frente de Todos leader is due to depart Ezeiza International Airport on Saturday night and aides have confirmed he will participate in a Summit on the Transformation of Education on Monday (September 19). Fernández’s attendance was requested by UN Secretary General, António Guterres and Argentina’s leader will deliver a speech to attendees.
Fernández will be accompanied by a relatively small delegation, which will include Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero, Argentina’s Ambassador to the United States Jorge Argüello, Presidential Chief-of-Staff Julio Vitobello, First Lady Fabiola Yáñez , who will participate in a meeting of the Alliance of First Ladies of Latin America, and the presidential spokesperson.
Given the anticipated presence of around 130 heads of state at the General Assembly, the delegation may add bilateral meetings to the president’s schedule throughout the trip.
Following in the footsteps of Economy Minister Sergio Massa, who returned to Argentina from the United States last week, Fernández will also travel to Houston , Texas, in an effort to promote investment in Argentina’s energy resources.
It remains unclear whether or not Fernández will have an opportunity to meet with his US counterpart, President Joe Biden, on the sidelines of the event. A planned meeting between the duo at the White House in July was cancelled after the Democratic leader contracted Covid-19.
Ambassador Argüello has previously hinted that the meeting could take place during the upcoming visit to New York, but no details have been provided.