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Argentine Ambassador Dismissed Over Lobbying U.S. for Armaments

LADB Article ID: 80301
Category/Department: Argentina
Date: 2017-05-19
By: Andrés Gaudín

A leaked letter from the Argentine government to a US congressperson has revealed an ambitious military rearmament program aimed at “facing critical global threats” and a request for support for that program. Although, thanks to the complacency of major media empires, President Mauricio Macri quickly managed to mitigate the negative echoes of his request for help, the letter to the US Congress signed by Ambassador Martín Lousteau has resulted in the diplomat’s loss of accreditation, and in an investigation by the federal prosecutor.The letter was sent on June 16, 2016, to US Rep. Pete Visclosky, an Indiana Democrat and the ranking member of the strategic Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. In it, Lousteau reminded Visclosky of a meeting the congressperson held with two Argentine legislators the previous April. At the time, the legislators––without congressional authorization but speaking as if they were representing the will of the legislature in Buenos Aires––pointed out that Argentina needed “help from the United States to improve its capacity to deal with urgent global threats: combating terrorism, drug trafficking, and organized crime.”

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