Hope that Welsh MP's Argentina visit marks new start

Alun Cairns will represent the UK in Argentina for the Presidential inauguration

Wales Office Minister Alun Cairns will representing the British Government at the inauguration of Argentina's new President, Mauricio Macri.

The UK Government is hoping the new leader's election will mark an improvement in what have been strained relations between the two countries.

Mr Cairns will be the first minister British minister to attend an inauguration since 1999.

Ahead of his visit he said:

My visit is to represent the UK at the inauguration of President Macri. The UK wants a constructive and positive relationship with Argentina and we look forward to working with the new government.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Welsh Settlers arriving in Patagonia so it is appropriate that a Minister for Wales represents the UK Government at the inauguration.

As well as the inauguration, my visit will involve learning more about historic Welsh links with Argentina and seeing how we can develop those further.

– Alun Cairns MP