BUENOS AIRES – Argentine President Mauricio Macri welcomed his Chilean counterpart, Sebastian Piñera, on Thursday for talks on bolstering bilateral relations.
Piñera, who took office on March 11 and had been president from 2010 to 2014, chose Argentina as his first foreign visit.
Macri and first lady Juliana Awada hosted Piñera and his wife, Cecilia Morel, at a dinner on Wednesday night.
On Thursday, Macri gave the Chilean leader an official welcome with full honors.
The two presidents – who have known each other for years and share a close personal and political relationship – posed for photographers before holding a meeting.
Before meeting with Macri, Piñera presented the traditional floral tribute at the monument to independence leader Jose de San Martin.
Piñera is scheduled to meet with representatives of the Chilean community in Buenos Aires later Thursday.
Before heading to Brazil, Piñera and the first lady will attend a dinner marking the 30th anniversary of the Libertad foundation, where he will participate in a debate moderated by Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa with the theme “Latin America: Perspectives for the Region.”