Argentina’s firebrand President, Javier Milei, has embarked on a groundbreaking diplomatic journey, commencing with a visit to Israel amidst the ongoing conflict in Gaza. Milei is a prominent figure in Argentina’s right-wing libertarian movement and an accomplished economist who assumed office in December.
Milei will visit Italy, where he will have an intriguing encounter with the pontiff, despite his past contentious remarks regarding the pope. His itinerary includes crucial meetings with Italian conservative Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, along with prominent figures from business and religion on Feb. 12.
During his time in Israel, Milei plans to engage with prominent rabbis, explore revered Jewish landmarks in Jerusalem, and hold talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He will later pay tribute to the victims of the October 7 Hamas attack on southern Israel.
In Italy, Milei will partake in the Vatican’s canonization ceremony for Maria Antonia de Paz y Figueroa.
Milei’s overseas endeavours coincide with his ambitious legislative agenda aimed at enacting sweeping reforms in Argentina. His proposed bill, set to overhaul government-owned entities and curtail state subsidies, reflects his unwavering commitment to transformative economic and political change.