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Argentina – Chile: New meeting of the Standing Security Committee

Thursday, 15 August 2019

The 30th Meeting of the Argentine-Chilean Standing Committee on Security (COMPERSEG) was held this afternoon at the Palacio San Martín of the Foreign Ministry.

The meeting was presided over by the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Argentine Republic, Ambassador Gustavo Zlauvinen,  and the Secretary for Military Strategy and Affairs, Paola Di Chiaro. The Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs, Carolina Valdivia, and the Undersecretary for Defence, Cristian de la Maza, participated in the meeting on behalf of Chile.

The working agenda included bilateral and multilateral issues, joint projects in the fields of science, technology and production for Defence, cooperation in the Cyberdefence sector and peacekeeping operations.  In addition, experiences were shared as regards the implementation of Resolution 1325 (2000) of Women, Peace and Security, and the participation of both countries in the Southern Cross Combined Joint Peace-keeping Force was addressed.

At the meeting, Zlauvinen welcomed Argentina's permanent coordination with Chile, which resulted in the third meeting of COMPERSEG and makes it possible to move towards a shared view of international challenges. In that regard, he highlighted the excellent level of cooperation between both countries in multilateral matters and welcomed Chile's support for Ambassador Rafael Mariano Grossi's candidacy for the position of Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

He further expressed Argentina's gratitude for the rescue actions undertaken by the Chilean government to assist an Argentine Air Force plane after the landing incident on Ross Island on 14 August, which illustrates the strong cooperation ties between both countries in Antarctic logistics.

COMPERSEG is a mechanism created in 1995 which holds meetings at Deputy Foreign Minister level on issues such as defence and security in order to build confidence in relation to international security and defence between both countries.