President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador asked this Friday International Monetary Fund (IMF) a “fair” deal for Argentina in the renegotiation of its debt.
The government of Alberto Fernandez, which took office in December 2019, negotiates against the clock with the IMF an extension of terms for the payment of maturities on some 44,000 million dollars that it contracted in 2018.
“I take this opportunity to make a call to the IMF so that they give Argentina a fair treatment, that the IMF assumes its responsibility in the indebtedness,” said López Obrador in his usual morning conference.
AMLO argued that the IMF must recognize “honestly, ethically” that they made a “mistake” by granting the government of Mauricio Macri (2015-2019) credits “beyond reason”.
“For political reasons they wanted the acting president to win again and so they gave them money and what they did was aggravate the economic and financial crisis in Argentina (…). There is co-responsibility, they have to assume that,” he said. López Obrador, without expressly citing Macri.
López Obrador has strengthened ties with the also leftist Fernández, who in February 2021 made an official visit to Mexico and in 2019, as president-elect, was received by López Obrador.
After their meeting in 2019, the Mexican president had already expressed his support for Fernández in the negotiation with the IMF.