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Albares asks Milei to rectify, calls the ambassador in Buenos Aires for consultations and demands a public apology

Jesus Carames

May 19, 2024 | 6:35 p.m.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, José Manuel Albares, has strongly condemned the recent statements of the Argentine president, Javier Milei, describing them as "very serious." Milei's words, spoken during a Vox event, attacked the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, and his wife, Begoña Gómez. Albares has pointed out that these statements are unprecedented in the history of international relations between Spain and Argentina.

Controversial statements and official reaction

During his speech at the Vox event, Milei harshly criticized Pedro Sánchez and his wife, saying: "What a class of people screwed to power. Even if he has a corrupt wife, he gets dirty and takes five days to think about it. These words have provoked a strong reaction from the Spanish Government and the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE).

José Manuel Albares, in response to these statements, has announced that he has called the Spanish ambassador in Buenos Aires for consultations "sine die." The Minister of Foreign Affairs stated that Milei's behavior has brought relations between Spain and Argentina to their most serious moment in recent history. Furthermore, Albares has demanded a public apology from Milei and has warned that, if it is not received, Spain will take all necessary measures to defend its sovereignty and dignity.

Reaction from the PSOE and lack of response from the PP and Vox

The PSOE has condemned Milei's words and has urged the Popular Party (PP) to do the same. In a statement, the PSOE highlighted the "seriousness" of the Argentine president's statements and called for an immediate reaction from all political parties. "The hate speech of the ultra international cannot go unpunished," they stated.

The socialist ministers regretted that Milei had "stepped on Spanish soil" to "insult the President of the Government of Spain and his wife." In their statement, they stressed that Spain is "a country of progress, social advances and social justice", and described it as "intolerable" for a foreign leader to make such statements.

So far, the PP and Vox have not commented on Milei's statements or on the PSOE's request to condemn them. This silence has been criticized by the socialists, who demand a clear and firm position from all parties in the face of what they consider an unacceptable attack on the institutions and dignity of Spain.

Diplomatic implications and next actions

Milei's statements and the reaction of the Spanish Government have generated significant tension between Spain and Argentina. The call for consultations by the Spanish ambassador in Buenos Aires is a serious diplomatic gesture that reflects the seriousness with which the Government of Pedro Sánchez perceives Milei's words. This type of measure is generally used to show discontent and may be a prelude to further diplomatic action if the requested apology is not received.

Albares has communicated to all parliamentary groups about the situation, seeking a common front in defense of national dignity. The lack of response from PP and Vox could complicate internal political unity in this matter, but the Government remains firm in its position of demanding a public apology from Milei.

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