Relations between Argentina and the U.S. plummeted to their lowest level in years after Argentina’s government confiscated U.S. property brought into the country last week aboard a U.S. Air Force cargo plane.
The C-17 Globemaster III plane arrived with support for a previously scheduled crisis management and hostage rescue course that was to be offered to local police.
As I reported in The Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Arturo Valenzuela, called on Argentina to return the property without delay.
“It’s absolutely necessary that they immediately return that material. It makes no sense for it to have been confiscated this way. This material was intended for a joint exercise in training people to rescue hostages,” Mr. Valenzuela Monday said on CNN en Español.
Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman quickly rebutted Mr. Valenzuela and called on the U.S. to apologize for violating Argentine law.
Mr. Timerman accused the U.S. of using the plane to smuggle undeclared firearms, surveillance equipment and “various doses of morphine” into the country for ulterior motives.
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