President Salvador Allende of Chile, the Western world's first freely elected Marxist Head of State, has made his first trip out of Chile since his election in November.
President Salvador Allende of Chile, the Western world's first freely elected Marxist Head of State, has made his first trip out of Chile since his election in November. On Friday (July 24), he completed two days of talks in Salta, Argentina, with Argentinean President Alejandro Lanusse.
The meeting was a significant one in terms of relations between South American nations. For President Lanusse, the his policy of avoiding contact with Left Wing Governments in Latin America. For President Allende, whose coalition government is dominated by Moscow - aligned communists and militant socialists, it has provided an opportunity to demonstrate that he does not intend to pursue isolationist policies from his big Conservative neighbour with whom he shares a three thousand mile (4,800 kms) border.
SYNOPSIS: Argentinean President General Lanusse flew from the capital to the northern territory town of Salta on Thursday for two days of talks with President Salvador Allende of Chile.
For President Lanusse, the trip signified an end to his policy of avoiding contact with left wing governments of Latin American countries. President Allende is the first freely elected Marxist Head of State in the Western world.
For President Allende, who arrived with his wife, it was the first trip made out of Chile since his election in November last year. And as head of a coalition government dominated by Moscow-aligned Communists and militant Socialists, the President was able to demonstrate the fact that Chile does not wish to isolate itself from her big Conservative neighbour. Argentina and Chile share three thousand miles of border.
The two Presidents' meeting has been looked upon as a major landmark in South American politics. And their talks began on an auspicious note. President Allende and President Lanusse had earlier agreed to end a territorial dispute that has lasted 50 years. The controversy over Chilean sovereignty of three island sin the South Atlantic is to put to international arbitration.
Reports from the Argentine stress that this augurs well for future relations between the two countries. No official information on the subjects under discussion has been released. But the meeting has been watched with interest throughout South America. Both Presidents appear to wish to make it clear that their countries are drawing closer together.