Argentina's Milei makes new attack on Spanish PM
Saturday, June 22, 2024       03:25 WIB

Madrid, June 21, 2024 (AFP)
Argentina's populist President Javier Milei on Friday renewed his attack on socialist Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez during a visit to Madrid to receive an award from a right-wing institute.
Milei's last visit to Spain last month sparked a diplomatic row that saw Madrid withdraw its ambassador to Argentina after the president said Sanchez had "a corrupt wife".
Ahead of his latest visit, Spain earlier this week urged Milei "to show respect at all times for the institutions of this country and for the Spanish people".
The self-declared "anarcho-capitalist" Milei travelled to Madrid to receive an award from the neo-liberal Juan de Mariana Institute for his "exemplary defence of the ideas of freedom".
He also met with Isabel Diaz Ayuso, a hard-right politician and regional president of Madrid who also presented Milei with an honorary medal.
Accepting the medal, Milei lashed out at socialism, which generates "poverty" and "is based on jealousy, on hatred, on resentment, on unequal treatment before the law".
He also berated economist Sanchez who "evidently, despite having studied economics, either he didn't understand it or he loves the state".
Milei warned Spaniards about the "risk you have before you".
"Don't let socialism ruin your lives," he added.
Ayuso thanked Milei for his visit and praised inflation-ravaged Argentina for "coming back strongly" under his leadership and policies that "sound like fresh air in the whole American continent, but also in Europe".
Milei's austerity measures since taking office in December have seen inflation slow but economic activity has plummeted while poverty and unemployment have risen.
The government slammed Ayuso, a vocal critic of Sanchez, for hosting Milei, who once again met neither the prime minister nor King Felipe VI on his visit.
"You can very clearly see what is (Ayuso's) concept of institutionality, loyalty and patriotism," government spokeswoman Pilar Aegria told the Antena 3 television channel.
Milei is to travel this weekend to Germany to meet Chancellor Olaf Scholz, although he will not be afforded any special honours and no press conference will be held after the talks.

Sumber : AFP