BUENOS AIRES – Argentine President Mauricio Macri spoke on Monday by telephone with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, whom he congratulated on his election win, official sources said.
“President Mauricio Macri was in touch (on Monday) with the president-elect of the United States, Donald Trump, to congratulate him on his election victory,” the Argentine President’s Office said in a statement.
The conversation lasted about 15 minutes and the two men “recalled their historic personal relationship and promised to work on a common agenda for the growth of both countries.”
Macri and Trump have known each other for a number of years through dealings between the magnate and the business group of the Argentine leader’s father, Italian-Argentine businessman Francisco Macri.
“Argentina is a great country and we will have the closest relationship in history between our countries,” said Trump, according to the statement.
Macri told Trump that he hopes to see him in Buenos Aires during the G20 Summit, to be held in the Argentine capital in 2018, “to which Trump answered that he would like to welcome him to the White House before then.”
Last week, in remarks to reporters after an official event, Macri said that he hoped to have a “mature” and “intelligent” relationship with the Trump administration.
During the U.S. presidential campaign, Macri had publicly expressed his preference for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, saying that he considered her stance more in line with his own view of the world.
His relationship with Trump dates back to the 1980s, when Macri was a businessman and before he entered politics. He was in contact with the U.S. billionaire to do real estate business in New York at the behest of Francisco Macri.