BUENOS AIRES – U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Argentina on Wednesday, for a two-day visit to reset diplomatic relations and strengthen trade cooperation between the two nations.
Obama and his family landed at Ezeiza International Airport at 1:10 a.m. local time Wednesday from Havana. They were met by Argentina’s foreign minister, Susana Malcorra, and the Chief of Protocol, Ambassador Betina Alejandra Pasquali de Fonseca, and the ambassador of the United States to Argentina, Noah Mamet.
Accompanied by his wife Michelle, daughters Sasha and Malia and his mother-in-law Marian Robinson, Obama chatted a few minutes with Malcorra.
Shortly after, they were whisked away to the U.S. ambassador’s residence, the Bosch Palace, where the Obamas will stay during their two-day visit.
After resting for a few hours at the Bosch Palace, Barack Obama will meet with the Argentine President, Mauricio Macri, in Buenos Aires. His busy schedule includes a tribute to victims of the last military dictatorship in this country (1976-1983).
The working day starts with a meeting of the two presidents in the Casa Rosada, followed by a joint press conference. Meanwhile, Michelle Obama will be with the girls from “Let Girls Learn” group.
The U.S. President will also hold a brief meeting with the staff of the U.S. embassy.
Obama and the first lady will attend a state dinner hosted by Macri in the cultural center Nestor Kirchner later on Wednesday.
On Thursday, Obama will visit the Memorial Park to pay tribute to the thousands of disappeared people, during the last military dictatorship of Argentina (1976-1983).
Because of the terrorist attacks in Brussels, the Argentine government decided to raise security alerts in every place the U.S. president will visit.