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The President of the Government of Catalonia, Pere Aragonès i Garcia, met yesterday evening (Argentina time) with Minister Agustín Rossi, Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Government of Argentina and head of ministerial coordination. Aragonès hailed the meeting, which he described as "very positive, and explained that they discussed issues of mutual interest to both governments", such as "the political and economic situation in both Europe and America, in Argentina and Catalonia; the changes in international economic and political relations, and also the future projects of each government”.

During a press conference, accompanied by the Catalan Minister for Foreign Action and European Union, Meritxell Serret i Aleu, the President underlined the importance of these international contacts. “Catalonia will continue to engage in foreign action, and we will do so because the country needs to explain itself beyond its borders, because the best way of strengthening social, economic and cultural relations and achieving political recognition is by revealing the reality of the country”, he asserted.

Along similar lines, President Aragonès insisted that “Catalonia is not closed; it is wide open to the outside world”. He emphasized that the Government of Catalonia “has spearheaded this opening with the resumption of relations with the European Commission, with governments across the globe, and especially today with Latin America”, which, he said, is "one of the priorities for our foreign engagement”.

Aragonès noted that with this objective “we are visiting four countries over nine days, with a packed agenda that includes government leaders”, with whom "we have had the opportunity to open channels of collaboration”, this being the case yesterday with the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the province of Buenos Aires.

The President also highlighted the fact that this morning (Argentina time) his visit to Buenos Aires continues with a tour of the Museum and Site of Memory ESMA, the former clandestine detention, torture and execution center of the Argentine Army’s Mechanics School (ESMA). “A site, now of memory, that in the past was a place where thousands of people were tortured, executed and ‘disappeared’”, said the President, who asserted that “Argentina is today an example of the recovery of historic memory and reparations to victims”.