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Hammond is first minister to visit Argentina in 16 years

The Chancellor was last night called on to stand up for the Falkland Islands as he prepared to make the first visit to Argentina by a British Cabinet minister for 16 years.

Philip Hammond will travel to Buenos Aires tomorrow for talks with president Mauricio Macri and other ministers.

The visit, part of a four-day trip to South America, is designed to revive trade links that never recovered after the 1982 Falklands War. 

No British Cabinet minister has visited Argentina since 2001, when Tony Blair made a symbolic stopover at the Iguazu Falls on the border with Brazil. 

Philip Hammond (pictured today with Brazil's Finance Minister Henrique Meirelle) will travel to Buenos Aires tomorrow for talks with president Mauricio Macri and other ministers

Philip Hammond (pictured today with Brazil's Finance Minister Henrique Meirelle) will travel to Buenos Aires tomorrow for talks with president Mauricio Macri and other ministers

But relations have thawed following the election of President Macri, who has adopted a less confrontational stance over the Falklands, which Argentina claims sovereignty over.

The trip will provide a chance to drum up business for companies flying out with the Chancellor – such as the London Stock Exchange. But it comes just months after Argentina

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