Posted on November 30, 2018
Prime Minister Theresa May says “the sovereignty of the Falklands has not changed”, as she became the first Conservative Prime Minister to visit Argentina since the 1982 war.
Asked during her flight to Buenos Aires whether the UK remained ready to defend the Islands with military force if necessary, Mrs May said: “I am clear that our position on the sovereignty of the Falklands has not changed. “What has changed in recent months is we have seen better relations with Argentina.” Mrs May will hold one-on-one talks with Argentine President Mauricio Macri, who is hosting global leaders at the G20 summit. The Falklands are expected to feature in their discussions but are not expected to dominate talks which focus on trade. Earlier this week, the two countries agreed an air link between the Falklands and the South American mainland via Argentina. “I think the announcement we saw earlier this week of the extra flight from the Falklands through to South America is important,” Mrs May explained. “It is important for the Falklands and it is important in showing a different relationship developing.