Spain and Argentina exchange consecutive jibes ahead of President Millei’s visit

The spat began after Spain’s transport minister said Argentina’s Javier Millay had taken drugs during last year’s election.

Spain and Argentina have been at the receiving end of diplomatic daggers, bickering over drug use and economic decline.

The spat began on Friday when Spain’s Transport Minister Óscar Puente suggested during a panel discussion in Salamanca that Argentine President Javier Millei had taken “drugs” during last year’s election campaign.

“I saw Millais on TV,” Puente said at a Socialist Party conference during the campaign.

“We don’t know if it was before or after ingesting the substance.”

He also included Millais among the “very bad people” who held high positions.

Milay’s office issued a statement Saturday condemning the remarks, and also attacking Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez.

The statement accused Sanchez of “endangering Spanish women by allowing illegal immigration” and undermining the health of Spain by dealing with separatists, while his left-wing policies led to “death and poverty.” accused of causing it.

Spain reacted with fury.

Spain’s Foreign Ministry said: “The Spanish government firmly rejects these baseless words. They do not reflect the relationship between our two countries and their people.”

“The government and the Spanish people will continue to maintain and strengthen the ties of fraternity, friendship and cooperation with the Argentine people. This is an aspiration shared by the whole of Spanish society,” the statement added.

The altercation occurred two weeks before Argentina’s “anarcho-capitalist” president was scheduled to visit Spain.

Millay will attend an event for the far-right Vox party and will avoid meeting with Sanchez, head of Spain’s socialist government.

The two never had a good relationship.

Mr. Sánchez supported Mr. Milley’s rival, Sergio Massa, in the election that brought Mr. Milley to power in December, but he has not been in contact with Mr. Milley since his victory.

Meanwhile, Millay has publicly supported Spain’s far-right anti-immigration party Vox. Vox leader Santiago Abascal also traveled to Buenos Aires for Millei’s investiture.

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