Mauricio Macri, Argentina's new President
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What Will Argentina's New President Mean For The Falkland Islands?

Argentina will change its way of relating to the world, according to the country's new President. But what will the dawning of a new era in...

Mauricio Macri, Argentina's new President
Argentina will change its way of relating to the world, according to the country's new President.
 
But what will the dawning of a new era in Buenos Aires mean for the Falkland Islands?
 
The centre-right former mayor of the capital, Mauricio Macri, had campaigned on the promise of making a clean break from 12 years of left-wing rule – and from the Kirchner family.
 
Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who followed her husband Nestor Kirchner into office, was well known for her antagonism towards the United Kingdom on the issue of the archipelago.
 
 
It’s not that her successor is prepared to accept British sovereignty – Argentina’s position in defiance of the islanders’ wishes remains - but President Macri has promised to take a less aggressive stance over “Las Malvinas”, as Buenos Aires refers to the territory.
 
56-year-old Mr Macri is expected to chart a more conciliatory course in his style of diplomacy than the woman who refused to attend his swearing-in ceremony has done.
 
Mrs Fernandez de Kirchner created the post of Falklands Minister in 2013. President Macri doesn’t plan to appoint one to his cabinet.
 
His foreign policy head, Fulvio Pompeo, spoke to a British newspaper earlier in the year:

“We have to restore this relationship that has been frozen in recent years, as a result of this conflict.” 

“We’re talking about two countries which have a lot in common – for example, in terms of environmental concerns, innovation, culture,” Mr Pompeo said. 
 
 
Many observers believe Mrs Kirchner's combative style has damaged Argentina's image abroad. That may have influenced President Macri’s choice of Ban Ki-moon’s former Chief of Staff at the UN, Susana Malcorra, to be his foreign minister. Ms Malcorra told the Telegraph:

“To believe that relations with Great Britain are limited to the Malvinas issue is to say the least an 'over simplification'.. but this does not mean we have to cancel all dialogue with the United Kingdom. We have areas of common interest where to advance.”

Falkland Islanders did not mark the inauguration of the new Argentine President.