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Boris Johnson to lay Falklands wreath in Argentina

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Boris Johnson is to lay a wreath commemorating the dead of the Falklands War in the first visit by a UK Foreign Secretary to Argentina in 25 years.

As part of a five-day visit to Latin America, the Foreign Secretary will also meet Argentine President Mauricio Macri and attend a G20 summit in Buenos Aires. 

The move marks a possible thaw in UK-Argentine relations, with President Macri taking a softer line on the Falklands than his predecessor Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. 

Speaking ahead of the visit, Mr Johnson said ‘This will be my first visit to the region since becoming foreign secretary. Latin America is a vibrant and dynamic part of the world that works closely with the UK on a number of issues including trade, security, science, infrastructure and education.’ 

‘I am looking forward to strengthening the UK’s relationship with countries in the region.’

Talks over fishing rights restarted earlier this year, and the UK and Argentine governments are cooperating on the identification of war dead on the islands. 

Argentina still claims sovereignty over the islands, which are known as Las Malvinas in the country. 

The Foreign Secretary will also travel to Peru and Chile during the five-day visit.

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