Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed Argentinian President Javier Milei to the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem today.
The leaders engaged in private discussions followed by an expanded meeting where Netanyahu expressed gratitude to Milei for Argentina’s recent decision to designate Hamas as a terrorist organization and for its steadfast support of Israel’s right to self-defense. They also agreed to initiate joint business delegations across various sectors to enhance bilateral economic ties.
“I’m delighted to welcome you, President Milei, and your delegation, to Israel. You’re a great friend of the Jewish state. We are delighted with your decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move your diplomatic post there, and also, of course, an embassy,” the prime minister stated.
Netanyahu began the meeting by extending a warm welcome to President Milei and his accompanying delegation, highlighting Milei’s strong friendship with the Jewish state. Netanyahu commended Argentina’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and its relocation of its diplomatic mission, including an embassy, to the city.
The leaders discussed the promotion of free markets, emphasizing their mutual commitment to this principle and the potential for enhanced collaboration between Israel and Argentina. They affirmed a shared pursuit of prosperity, security, and peace, identifying Iran as a significant obstacle to regional stability. They expressed appreciation for existing security and diplomatic cooperation efforts.
Accompanying Netanyahu from the Israeli side were the Strategic Affairs Minister, the Director of the National Security Council, the Prime Minister’s Office Director General, the Prime Minister’s Military Secretary, the Director of the National Economic Council, the Prime Minister’s Foreign Policy Adviser, and the Israeli Ambassador to Argentina.
Representing Argentina were the Foreign Minister, the Secretary of the Presidency, the President’s sister, the Argentinian Ambassador-designate to Israel, and the Embassy Head of Mission.