BUENOS AIRES – President Mauricio Macri met on Monday with his Italian counterpart, Sergio Mattarella, who is in Buenos Aires on the first official visit by an Italian president to Argentina in 16 years.
Mattarella and Macri posed for photographers at the Casa Rosada presidential palace before holding their meeting.
Earlier in the day, Mattarella attended an event at the Cristoforo Colombo Italian school and met with members of human rights groups concerned about victims of Argentina’s 1976-1983 military dictatorship.
On his arrival in Argentina on Sunday, Mattarella was welcomed at Ezeiza International Airport by Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra.
Among the activities on Mattarella’s agenda in Argentina, which took in huge numbers of Italian immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, is a visit to Congress and the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Mattarella’s delegation includes representatives from some of Italy’s largest companies, such as Alitalia, Pirelli and Fiat, who will meet with Argentine business leaders.
In February 2016, former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi visited Buenos Aires to discuss efforts to promote bilateral trade and relations with Macri.