Argentina and the UK have “agreed to disagree” over the sovereignty of the Falklands.
President Javier Milei and Foreign Secretary Lord David Cameron held talks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
The Foreign Office described the meeting, describing it as “warm and cordial”.
Discussions reportedly centred on building a more constructive relationship between the UK and Argentina.
Lord Cameron met President Javier Milei in Davos to discuss the Falklands
The two expressed mutual support for enhancing cooperation in areas such as trade, education, culture, and people-to-people links.
Despite this, the focal point of the discussions was the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands, known as Islas Malvinas in Argentina.
A Hong Kong-style agreement had been proposed by President Milei, proposing the transfer of sovereignty to Buenos Aires.
The Foreign Office was clear that the UK’s position on the Falklands remains unchanged, stressing the Islanders’ right to self-determination.
President Javier Milei proposed a Hong Kong-style agreement
A Foreign Office spokesperson told the Daily Express: “On the Falkland Islands, the Foreign Secretary and President Milei said they would agree to disagree, and do so politely.
“The UK position and ongoing support for the Falkland Islanders’ right to self-determination remains unchanged.”
In a post on social media, Lord Cameron said: “There is much that the UK and Argentina can achieve by working together.
“I met President Milei to discuss building cooperation on trade and combatting global threats. I wished him well in his attempts to bring Argentina back to economic growth.”
Lord David Cameron met with the Argentinian President
The Falklands have long been in dispute between the two nations.
The conflict between the UK and Argentina in 1982 claimed the lives of 907 people, 649 Argentinian, 255 British and three native islanders.
A referendum was held in 2013 where 99.8 per cent voted to remain as an overseas territory of the United Kingdom.