Updated 01:13 PM EDT, Tue, Oct 27, 2020

Argentina President Mauricio Macri's Plan to End Sour Relations with the UK Developed by the Falkland Islands Dispute

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Argentine President Mauricio Macri has announced his plans to improve the diplomatic relations between his country and the United Kingdom despite of the two countries' current dispute over the Falkland Islands.

Macri said that his government would continue to push Argentina's claim to the islands' sovereignty, but he is optimistic that the conversation would steer into another direction.

"We'll continue with the claim but I will try to start a new type of relationship," the Argentine leader told the press, as quoted by the Guardian.

Macri didn't provide specifics when asked whether this dialogue would focus on more trade, improved transport connections, and other changes requested by the islanders.

"I want to sit down and start talking about the subject and in the meantime find in which ways we can cooperate," he noted in the news outlet's report.

Argentina and Britain warred over the Falkland Islands in 1982 for two months, Yahoo! News' report from AFP. The battle killed 649 Argentine servicemen and 225 British. Decades after the Falklands War, both nations are still locked in a diplomatic dispute over the rocky archipelago's ownership.

Macri will meet U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron at the World Economic Forum in Davos in Switzerland this week, according to a separate report from the Guardian. The one-on-one meeting will aim to thaw diplomatic relations that have turned unpleasant during the presidency of Macri's predecessor, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

Large oil and gas reserves have been discovered in waters around the Falkland Islands, the news outlet wrote.

Macri's country maintained its stand that Argentina inherited the Falklands from Spain when it acquired independence, Yahoo! News added. Britain, on the other hand, claimed that it has historically ruled the archipelago and that the residents of the island should have the right to self-determination.

In his interview with the foreign press, Macri said that he planned to use "all means available to communicate," the Guardian further reported. He also made it evident that his Davos meeting will serve as a way to attract international capital with an open-for-business message.

"We have to be a predictable and trustworthy country. We have to show investors that their rights will be respected, as well as we'll demand that they obey Argentina's laws," he said, as quoted by the Guardian. "Argentina wants to have a good relationship with the whole world."

Macri remarked that he wants to give "better opportunities" to Argentines, adding that he doesn't want "to get involved in what's going on in other countries," but will instead "build better relationships" with all the nations of the region, the news outlet noted.

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