BUENOS AIRES – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry laid a wreath Thursday at the monument honoring independence hero Gen. Jose de San Martin during the first official event of his visit to Argentina.
Before the ceremony, Kerry was welcomed at the monument by Argentine Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra.
The two diplomats walked to the San Martin Palace, ceremonial seat of the Foreign Ministry, for a private meeting, their second this year.
Kerry and Malcorra met in late March at the White House during the Argentine official’s visit to Washington.
This round of meetings will help give continuity “to the renewed bilateral work agenda set by both countries” when U.S. President Barack Obama visited Argentina in March, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Kerry and Malcorra are scheduled to chair a larger meeting, including other officials, and will hold a press conference.
Kerry is to visit the Casa Rosada presidential palace, where he will meet with President Mauricio Macri.
Kerry and Macri plan to discuss “cooperation on regional and global issues,” the U.S. Embassy said in a statement.