Brazil and Argentina will create a joint, temporary consular office in St. Petersburg to serve citizens from both countries during the World Cup. The announcement was made yesterday (Jun. 7) by Argentina’s Ministry of Foreign Relations.
In Brasília, Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira said that the partnership comes as a result of the collaboration between the two countries. “We’ve collaborated in so many fields that our friendship with them has become part of our heritage,” he declared.
Brazil and Argentina expect to see a great turnout at the games in Russia—30 to 35 thousand Argentinians, 60 thousand Brazilians. A consular cooperation deal, signed by the two governments in 2017, allows the two nations to join efforts and resources to assist their citizens.
The joint consular office will be operational at the Novotel Saint Petersburg Centre, and will serve to “help guide our nationals in emergency or health care–related situations and for whatever assistance proves necessary,” said Argentine Chancellor Jorge Faurie in a press conference attended by Brazil’s Ambassador to Argentina Sergio Danese.
Russian Ambassador Viktor Koronelli and Luis María Sobrón, director for consular affairs at Argentina’s Foreign Relations Ministry, also participated in the interview.