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United Nations, New York, 10 August 2011

Official visit to Argentina

The President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss, concluded today an official visit to Argentina.

In Buenos Aires, President Deiss met with H.E. Mr. Héctor Timerman, the Argentine Foreign Minister, to discuss current political issues, including the world economic situation, the role of the United Nations in global governance and the reform of the Security Council, as well as the political and humanitarian situation in Haiti.

The President of the General Assembly commended Argentina for its commitment to multilateralism and to the values and activities of the United Nations. President Deiss also stressed the important role of Argentina as current chair of the Group of 77 and China.

President Deiss also met the Chair and Members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Deputies of the Argentine Parliament. They exchanged views on the main topics on the agenda of the sixty-fifth session of the General Assembly. President Deiss stressed the importance of interaction between the United Nations and national parliaments as well as the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). Green economy, global economic governance and the current economic situation, migration in a global world, the situation in the Middle East as well as the roles of Argentine and of Latin America in a globalized world were discussed.

President Deiss also met the United Nations Resident Coordinator and members of the United Nations Country Team in Argentina to discuss the activities and the role of the United Nations in Argentina. They also discussed the role of the President and the priorities of the General Assembly. Later in the day, the President of the General Assembly addressed the young diplomats of the Instituto del Servicio Exterior de la Nación (ISEN) on the role of the United Nations in global governance.