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Spain Demands Public Apology from Argentina’s President Amid Diplomatic Strain

Spain is demanding a formal apology from Argentina’s President, Javier Milei, following his disparaging remarks about Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s wife, amidst a growing diplomatic dispute between the two nations.

In response to Milei’s comments, the Spanish government has recalled its ambassador to Buenos Aires and plans to summon the Argentine ambassador for discussions. Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares stressed the seriousness of the situation and reiterated the need for Milei to publicly retract his statements. Failure to do so could result in a complete rupture of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Milei’s inflammatory remarks were made during a conference in Madrid organized by Spain’s far-right Vox party. Although not directly naming Sanchez’s wife, Begona Gomez, Milei insinuated corruption within the Spanish leadership, sparking outrage and condemnation from Spanish officials and the European Union.

Despite the backlash, Milei’s government remains unapologetic, with Argentina’s Interior Minister Guillermo Francos rejecting calls for an apology and instead suggesting that Spain should apologize for its reaction to Milei’s comments.

Milei’s visit to Spain further strained relations, as no meetings were arranged with top Spanish officials. During his speech, Milei criticized socialism and outlined his plans to address Argentina’s public debt through austerity measures.

His participation in the Madrid conference alongside other European far-right and populist leaders highlighted the ongoing tension between Spain and Argentina amidst the deepening diplomatic crisis.

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