Spain announces the recall of its ambassador to Argentina and demands an apology

Spain announces the recall of its ambassador to Argentina and demands an apology
Spain announces the recall of its ambassador to Argentina and demands an apology

By Le Figaro with AFP

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Argentine President Javier Milei.
Ana Beltran / REUTERS

The Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs is demanding a “public apology” from the Argentine president, after he “insulted” Pedro Sanchez and his wife, recently involved in a controversy accusing him of corruption.

The Spanish government announced on Sunday that it was recalling Spain’s ambassador to Argentina until further notice after Argentine President Javier Milei “insulted Spain” and his Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez in Madrid.

The Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, also “demanded a public apology” from Javier Milei, following controversial remarks made by the Argentine head of state a few hours earlier about the wife of Pedro Sánchez. “This is unprecedented in the history of international relations”underlined José Manuel Albares.

Diplomatic conflict

At the origin of the diplomatic conflict: a speech given by Javier Milei during the convention “Europa Viva 24” organized by the Spanish far-right party Vox, of which he was the guest of honor. Marine Le Pen was also invited. In his speech, the Argentine president, accustomed to making shock phrases, and in open conflict for several weeks with the Spanish government, singled out Pedro Sanchez’s wife, Begoña Sánchez, recently at the heart of a controversy which suspected her of corruption.

“Global elites do not realize how destructive implementing the ideas of socialism can be”he said. “They don’t know the type of society and country that this can produce and the type of people clinging to power and the level of abuse that this can generate”, he continued. And added, to the applause of the audience: “When you have a corrupt wife, you get dirty and you take five days to think about it”.

Although he did not mention any names at any time, this was a clear allusion to Pedro Sánchez’s recent decision to suspend all his activities and step aside for five days to consider a possible resignation, after the opening by the Spanish courts of a preliminary investigation into “Bribery” And “corruption” against his wife.

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