In the midst of the discussion of the Omnibus Law, President Javier Milei begins his international tour today. He will leave at 1:45 p.m. for the State of Israel to seal his political alliance with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
He will be accompanied by the Secretary General of the Presidency, Karina Milei, the Chancellor Diana Mondino, the Minister of the Interior, Guillermo Francos and the Minister of Human Capital, Sandra Petovello. The last two will join after the trip to Italy.
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As TN learned, the President will visit Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to demonstrate political support for the country in its war against the Hamas group. That is why the Government still does not want to give details of the agenda in advance: it is conditioned by the war context.
Benjamin Netanyahu will welcome Javier Milei. (Photo: EFE)
What is confirmed about the agenda is that after five days he will travel to the Italian capital to meet with President Georgia Meloni at the Chigi Palace, the headquarters of the Italian Executive.
He is also scheduled to be present on Sunday the 11th at the Vatican to participate in the canonization of “Mamá Antula”, the first Argentine saint and founder of the House of Spiritual Exercises in Buenos Aires. After the ceremony, she will have her first face-to-face meeting with Pope Francis when she greets the delegations.
Only the next day, on Monday the 12th, Milei will have his audience with the Supreme Pontiff at 10 (Italy time), of which there is expectation due to the insults that the Argentine president dedicated to him during the campaign and the conversation they had after Milei was elected head of state.
Pope Francis will receive Javier Milei at the Vatican. (Photo: AFP/LuisRobayo/Reuters/Vatican Media).
The president had defined him as “the representative of evil on earth” and accused him of promoting communism. In the phone call they had afterwards, the head of state called him his holiness. He still has to define who will be the new ambassador to the Vatican.
Who will accompany Milei on his tour of Israel and the Vatican
In addition to his sister, the chancellor and the Minister of the Interior, Milei is expected to be accompanied by a delegation of 30 businessmen, who will pay for their tickets and participate in the activities.
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These are Hugo Sigman (INSUD Group), Daniel Funes de Rioja (Argentine Industrial Union), Alejandro and Marcos Bulgheroni (Pan American Energy), Cristiano Rattazzi (Modena), Alejandro Elsztain (IRSA), Jaime Campos (Argentine Business Association), Alfredo González (CAME), Giorgio Alliata di Montereale (Italian Chamber of Commerce in Argentina), Mauricio Canineo (Pirelli Argentina), among others.
Also traveling with the delegation will be Rabbi Axel Wahnish, appointed ambassador to Israel and who participated in the interreligious ceremony at the president's inauguration.
How the parliamentary treatment of the Omnibus Law continues
While Milei is out of the country, the Chamber of Deputies will resume the debate on the Omnibus Law after its general approval on Friday. This Tuesday the debate for the treatment of the articles will begin: law by law and article by article will be voted on.
In that sense, the President is confident that the agreements developed by the head of the Lower House, Martín Menem, and the Minister of the Interior, Guillermo Francos, will be necessary to achieve 90% of the Bases project.
The points on which there is still no consensus are the privatization scheme of public companies, the delegation of extraordinary powers and the taking on of debt in foreign currency. The ruling party presented a counteroffer on Thursday with Karina Milei as an intermediary and awaits a clear response from the allied blocs.
Deputies approved the Omnibus Law project in general and this Tuesday it will be defined article by article. (Photo: NA)
The other point that strains the negotiation is the relationship with the governors due to the postponement of the negotiation of the new fiscal pact. Beyond the pressure from the provincial leaders, Milei's line is not to give in.
“Without half-sanction of the law, there is no fiscal agreement. They are going to have to approve it because they have no other choice, they need the funds. The provincial coffers are going to bleed if they do not accompany,” they told TN from very close to the president.
Those in charge of negotiating the fiscal chapter with the governors are the Ministers of Economy, Luis “Toto” Caputo, and the Minister of the Interior, Guillermo Francos. They must agree on export withholdings, COUNTRY and PROFIT taxes, the moratorium and money laundering, among other points.