Buque patrulla USCGC (United States Coast Guard Cutter) Stone
The next arrival in the country of a ship serving the United States Coast Guard will have the framework of a port visit for ceremonial reasons on the occasion of the conclusion of the ship’s maiden voyage, sources from the Argentine Foreign Ministry.
From the San Martín Palace they also reported that both the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Security had conversations with the US authorities about the arrival of the ship in question, the buque patrulla USCGC (United States Coast Guard Cutter) Stone, and on the possibility that through the Argentine Naval Prefecture a welcoming ceremony can be offered to said vessel, on the occasion of the conclusion of the maiden voyage.
The sources of the Palacio San Martín clarified that the communications with the US authorities were limited to agreeing on the terms of the port visit and the welcome to the ship and were totally independent of the activities that the US Coast Guard patrol vessel Stone may have. or not planned for the voyage that it will undertake for several months along the South Atlantic, in the sovereign space of other South American countries.
“Any other activity (of the US Coast Guard ship in Argentine waters) would require a special authorization from the National Congress”, they pointed out from the Chancellery.
The official contacts with the US authorities in relation to the arrival of the Stone ship also addressed issues related to the logistics planning and the health protocols foreseen for the time the ship and its crew arrive, which will be specified in the coming weeks. .
On the other hand, from the United States Embassy in Buenos Aires They also spoke about the arrival to port and Argentine waters of the patrol boat of the Coast Guard of that country.
“We have discussed with the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Security the possibilities that a historic view of the port of the Coast Guard ship Stone in Argentina opens up during which the Prefecture can offer a welcoming ceremony to its counterpart, on the occasion of the conclusion of his maiden voyage. We hope to be able to conclude the logistics and public health planning for that occasion in the coming weeks, ”they told Télam from the press office of the US Embassy.
The information from the Foreign Ministry and the statement from the US diplomatic representation came at the last minute on Wednesday. This Wednesday, several Argentine media reported on the crossing of the US patrol vessel through the waters of the South Atlantic and attributed its itinerary to the carrying out of alleged joint operations to prevent illegal fishing.
In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, they informed Télam about the efforts and contacts with the US authorities precisely to “avoid the possible distortion of the nature of the arrival of the ship” to Argentine territory.