Argentine President Javier Milei and Pope Francis met for the first time as heads of state at the canonization of the country's first female saint.
You cut your hair!
-I just fixed it. Can I give you a kiss?
Yes, my son, yes. It's good to see you. Thank you for coming.
The following day, they met for a private audience at the Vatican. It lasted 70 minutes—which is unusual for the first meeting between a president and pope.
The relationship between the two leaders had had a rocky start. Milei had called Pope Francis an “imbecile” and a “communist.” But he later asked forgiveness for his remarks.
In this meeting in Rome, both were smiling and appeared to be relaxed.
One of the topics was Argentina's new government plan to tackle the country's economic crisis.
The President gave Pope Francis a copy of a letter from 1854, where an Argentine liberal thinker was credited as a representative in Europe.
-Thank you for your…
No, thank you for your…
-I liked the Alberdi letter.
The President was accompanied by several members of his government, including his sister Karina, who is the General Secretary of the Presidency.