Buenos Aires — The United States is expected to send a team to Argentina this weekend for talks with the government to try to settle a dispute over the sale of $2.6 billion in paper grocery bags to the state of Argentina.
President Donald Trump’s visit comes as Argentina is seeking to end a yearlong dispute with the United States over the bag’s sale to the Argentine state.
The bags are now being distributed to households in Argentina by the state and sold at $2 per bag for domestic use, the government said Thursday.
Trump is scheduled to arrive Friday in Buenos Aires to sign a waiver of U.S. sanctions on Argentina, where a U.N. report in November said Argentina had violated U.K.-brokered sanctions by failing to stop a deadly outbreak of the coronavirus.
The administration has been trying to win support for the sale to Argentina, but the opposition has been critical of the deal.
Argentina has been pushing for the bags, saying they are vital for the delivery of essential goods such as medicine, food and medicine supplies.
Critics of the U.W. deal said it had no effect on the state’s ability to produce paper bags and could only make Argentina more vulnerable to the coronavalavirus pandemic.
The U.D.C. has been sending teams to Argentina since May to discuss the bag sale.
Earlier this week, U.R. Secretary-General António Guterres announced that U.A.E. Secretary General Mariana Rios would be attending Trump’s meeting with Argentine President Mauricio Macri.