American and Argentine military will to develop cooperation in several areas, including military education and training.
This was announced by US defence Secretary Jim Mattis after a meeting with his counterpart during the first visit of the head of the U.S. defense Department for 13 years.
“We focused on what we can do, working together, in a very difficult economic period,” said Mattis journalists, flying from Buenos Aires to the Chilean capital, Santiago.
“Both sides are very open to strengthen military relations with full transparency so there’s no doubt what is happening,” he added.
Before their meeting Mattis and defense Minister of Argentina Oscar Aguada publicly expressed hope for improvement in relations.
Mattis mentioned the assistance provided by the U.S. Navy Argentina, when in November last year, one of its submarines was missing with 44 sailors on Board.
The last time the Secretary of defense – it was Donald Rumsfeld, visited Argentina in 2005.
Mattis and Aguada announced the achievement of any specific agreements, but expressed hope for improved relations between the two countries.
The Juncos reminded of the cold relationship in recent years, noting that now they are getting better.
“We were back on the road, which was not supposed to go,” he said to Mattis.
The Aguada also thanked Mattis helped when the Argentine submarine “San Juan” disappeared in the southern part of the Atlantic ocean last year.
The U.S. Navy participated in the search of the submarine, which was never found.
“We thank you again for the gesture which we will never forget,” said the Aguada.
This week, Mattis will also visit Chile and Colombia.