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Infographic: Fernández’s foreign tour, country by country

30th January 2020

By The Essential Staff

Infographic: Fernández’s foreign tour, country by country

After launching his first international tour in Israel last week and meeting with multiple Western leaders, President Alberto Fernández is set to continue his diplomatic efforts with a series of visits with key European allies.

</p> <img class="wp-image-7601 aligncenter" src="https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/country-by-country-1-1.jpg" alt="Country by country: President Alberto Fernández's first international meetings" width="674" height="677" srcset="https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/country-by-country-1-1.jpg 1200w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/country-by-country-1-1-300x300.jpg 300w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/country-by-country-1-1-1020x1024.jpg 1020w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/country-by-country-1-1-150x150.jpg 150w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/country-by-country-1-1-768x771.jpg 768w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/country-by-country-1-1-600x603.jpg 600w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/country-by-country-1-1-100x100.jpg 100w" sizes="(max-width: 674px) 100vw, 674px" /> <p>First in line will be the Vatican, where the President will attend mass at St. Peter&#8217;s Basilica and have a private meeting with <a href="https://gettheessential.com/politics/2020/01/09/pope-francis-alberto-fernandez-cristina-nestor-kirchner-peronism-argentina-mauricio-macri">Pope Francis</a> shortly afterwards. A small group of advisers including Foreign Minister Felipe Solá will then join in.</p> <p>After his morning meeting with Francis, Fernández will start a string of visits to European heads of state.</p> <p>On Friday afternoon, he will meet Italy&#8217;s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and President Sergio Mattarella; on Monday he will be in Germany with Chancellor Angela Merkel; and on Tuesday will meet Spain&#8217;s President Pedro Sánchez.</p> <p>His last stop will be France, where he will visit President Emmanuel Macron. Fernández feels particularly comfortable with Macron, who he thinks understands him and his take on foreign policy, and would like to count him as an ally. Both have reservations regarding the Mercosur-European Union agreement signed last year, which has yet to be confirmed by the Parliaments of all the involved nations.</p> <p>Of the group, Merkel is likely the hardest nut to crack in terms of securing her support for a new economic program with the backing of the International Monetary Fund, with Germans known for the hard line on fiscal and monetary discipline.</p> <p>Although Fernández has not traveled to the US yet, his brief encounter with US Vice-President Mike Pence in Israel was yet another sign that he is looking for a <a href="https://gettheessential.com/economy/2019/11/07/trump-praises-fernandez-but-clash-with-bolsonaro-intensifies">positive relationship</a> with the world&#8217;s biggest economic power, despite some political differences with his <a href="https://gettheessential.com/politics/2019/11/28/whos-who-on-alberto-fernandezs-new-ruling-coalition-kirchnerites-peronist-governors-unions-massa-social-movements">Peronist coalition</a>.</p> <p>

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