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Argentina President-Elect Milei Heads to US on Private Visit

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - NOVEMBER 19: Newly elected President of Argentina Javier Milei of La Libertad Avanza looks on after the polls closed in the presidential runoff on November 19, 2023 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. According to official results, Javier Milei of La Libertad Avanza reached 55,69% of the votes and Sergio Massa of Union Por La Patria 44,30%, with 99,25 of the votes counted. The presidential election runoff to succeed Alberto Fernandez comes as Argentinians have been hard hit by an annual 142,7% inflation. (Photo by Tomas Cuesta/Getty Images)

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA —  Argentina’s president-elect Javier Milei was traveling Sunday to the United States to meet with U.S. and international lending officials, diplomatic sources told AFP.

The far-right economist will arrive in New York on a private visit Monday before traveling that day to Washington, where he will meet with U.S. diplomat Juan Gonzalez, the sources told AFP, on the condition of anonymity.

Gonzalez is deputy assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs.

Milei’s agenda through Tuesday also includes conversations with Treasury Department officials, the sources said.

Milei will arrive with several members of his team, including Luis Caputo, an adviser on financial matters who is seen as a likely cabinet member.

On Friday, the future president held a first remote chat from Buenos Aires with the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Kristalina Georgieva.

Buenos Aires has a $44 billion debt to the IMF, negotiated in 2018 by then-President Mauricio Macri, now Milei’s main ally.

Milei will assume Argentina’s presidency on December 10, succeeding Peronist Alberto Fernandez.

It was announced Sunday that Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been invited to Milei’s inauguration.

Source: VOA