The German Chancellor will travel to Argentina, Chile and Brazil to address political, trade and climate challenges between the countries
The tour will start next Saturday and its details will be revealed by the Foreign Ministry at the end of next week. Scholz will meet with presidents Alberto Fernández, Gabriel Boric and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will address the leaders of Argentina, Chile and Brazil major global challenges, both political and commercial and climatic, in what will be his first trip to these countries since he came to power and determined to highlight the importance of the Latin American region.
The tour will begin next Saturday and details will be provided by will reveal the Foreign Ministry at the end of next week, but according to the German government spokesman, Steffen Hebestreit, Scholz will meet with the Argentine leaders –Alberto Fernández -, Chilean –Gabriel Boric– and Brazilian –Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva-.
The trip “underlines the relevance as a partner of the region,” said Hebestreit, according to which Germany is preparing to “deepen” political and economic relations with these countries, especially with regard to the fight against climate change and sustainable economic growth.
Scholz already had the opportunity to exchange opinions with Fernández in the last German rotating presidency of the G7, the group of seven great powers –United States, Canada, Japan, United Kingdom, France and Italy, as well as Germany-, which Argentina attended as a guest country of Latin America.
A month before meeting at the G7 leaders' summit, held in June 2022 in the Bavarian castle of Elmau, Fernández and Scholz had already held a bilateral meeting in < b>Berlin, as part of the official visit to Germany by the Argentine leader.
Germany is Argentina's first trading partner within the European Union (EU) block and a country of great relevance in the search for solutions to the energy crisis precipitated by the war in Ukraine< /b>, a Foreign Affairs spokesman told Efe .
Argentinian President Alberto Ángel Fernández (left) and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz give a joint press conference at the Chancellery in Berlin
The visit to Chile is the first to be carried out by a German head of government in ten years, after that of the conservative Angela Merkel in 2013and that he will now bring together the Social Democratic chancellor with the progressive Boric.
Brazil, a country that Merkel gave in the past the rank of preferred partner in the region, is for Scholz a kind of “reunion ” among friends, after the return to power of Lula, a reference figure for the chancellor's Social Democratic Party (SPD).
Already after the electoral defeat of Jair Bolsonaro,< /b> Germany expressed its desire to unblock the Amazon Fund -as it also did Norway-, a purpose that materialized with the inauguration of Lula as president at the beginning of January.
The German president, Franz- Walter Steinmeier, and Scholz's Environment Minister, the green Steffi Lemke, determined to activate the necessary protocols to reactivate the fund, whose main contributor is Norway.
The Amazon Fund was paralyzed three years ago, by decision of the then Merkel government, as a result of the accelerated deforestation process under the Bolsonaro presidency.
In the economic background of the tour is Scholz's intention to finally conclude the free trade agreement between the European Union and Mercosur, as the German leader reiterated a few days ago in his speech before the Davos Economic Fund b>(Switzerland).
(With information from EFE)