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Cablegate: Argentina: Message From Argentine Senate Vp to the U.S.

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SUBJECT: Argentina: Message from Argentine Senate VP to the U.S.
Senate

1. (U) Action request: The Vice President of Argentina's National
Senate and Chairman of the U.S.-Argentina Friendship Caucus Juan
Carlos Romero wrote the Ambassador, asking him to forward to the
U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Subcommittee on
Western Hemisphere Affairs the following message. Embassy requests
the desk's assistance in conveying the text of the message to the
SFRC.

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Wishes of closer dialogue
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2. (U) The text of the December 10 letter from Senator Juan Carlos
Romero, Vice President of the Argentine Senate, reads as follows:

Dear Mr. Ambassador:

I am pleased to write you in regard to the upcoming seating of the
recently elected Senators in the Honorable Senate of the country you
represent.

In this regard, I would appreciate if you could transmit to the
authorities in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, particularly
those in the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, the hopes and
will of the members of the (Argentine Senate's) U.S.-Argentine
Friendship Caucus to strengthen the political ties and the
parliamentary friendship bonds between our two countries.

I believe that personal contacts between members of both
institutions will be of great help in different issues that interest
us and will also help start new future projects in this new stage
that begins.

In counting on your valuable help for this, I look forward to
receiving any suggestions to follow-up on this new impulse on behalf
of our bilateral relations.

With the assurances of my highest consideration.

Juan Carlos Romero,
Chairman,
U.S.-Argentina Friendship Caucus,
National Senate, Buenos Aires.

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Comment
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3. (SBU) Senator Juan Carlos Romero's message tracks with what we
hear from many Argentine legislators who want to strengthen
relations with the U.S. legislative branch in light of the change of
administration in Washington.

WAYNE

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