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Background Notes: Argentina, September 1997
Released by the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs.
Official Name: The Argentine Republic
Area: 2.8 million sq. km (1.1 million sq. mi.); about the size of the U.S. east
of the Mississippi River; second largest country in South America.
Nationality: Noun and adjective--Argentine(s).
ECONOMY (1997 projections)
GDP: $292 billion.
The United States and Argentina currently enjoy a close bilateral relationship, although this has not always been the case. The efforts of the Menem Administration to open Argentina's economy and realign its foreign policy have contributed to the improvement in these relations, and the interests and policies of the two countries coincide on many issues. Argentina and the United States often vote together in the United Nations and other multilateral fora. Argentina has participated in many multilateral force deployments mandated by the United Nations Security Council, including recent missions to Haiti and the former Yugoslavia. Reflecting the growing partnership that marks ties between the two countries, on December 5, 1996, President Clinton and Argentine President Menem announced the establishment of a special consultative process to address important issues in the bilateral relationship.
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