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Gen. Richardson returns to Argentina to continue important security Dialogue
April 16, 2023

Portrait of a woman in U.S. Army uniformU.S. Army Gen. Laura Richardson, commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), will visit Buenos Aires in April to hold meetings with the nation’s top civilian and military defense leaders.

This visit is Richardson’s second to Argentina since assuming command of SOUTHCOM in late 2021 and aims to continue the highly important dialogue with Argentina’s defense and military leaders regarding shared goals, concerns, and interests.

Richardson’s agenda in Argentina includes meetings with Minister of Defense Jorge Taiana and Armed Forces Joint Command Chief, Major Gen. Juan Martin Paleo. They will discuss future security cooperation between the U.S. and Argentine armed forces on mutually agreed focus areas, including cyber defense, humanitarian assistance, disaster preparedness, maritime security, cold-weather operations, and professional development.

Richardson last visited Argentina April 25-27, 2022, to meet with the nation’s top government and defense leaders. Her first visit to the country also included a meeting with Argentine military women and a donation to the internationally renowned Cascos Blancos, who she thanked for their support of international humanitarian assistance operations.

This year marks 200 years of diplomatic relations and friendship between Argentina and the United States, during which the countries have built strong political, security, economic, and cultural ties.