PETALING JAYA, Nov 3 (Sin Chew Daily) -- Brazil's Ambassador to Malaysia Carlos Martins Ceglia and Argentina's Ambassador to Malaysia Manuel Balaguer Salas visited Sin Chew Daily today, expressing their wish that countries involved in the South China Sea conflicts could take cue from the experience of these two South American countries which overcame long-time enmity to become mutually trusting friends.
The two ambassadors were given a warm welcome at Sin Chew Daily's head office in Petaling Jaya by Editorial Director Datuk Pook Ah Lek and Executive Editor-in-Chief Kuik Cheng Kang.
Ceglia said under the Guadalajara Agreement signed between Argentina and Brazil 25 years ago in Mexico, the two countries could freely inspect the nuclear facilities of each other. It took the two former rivals five whole years to arrive at such a peace accord.
He pointed out that both countries are now enjoying very intimate relationship, and that was why the two ambassadors had decided to visit Sin Chew Daily together.
He went on to say that they wished to share this historical message with Malaysia and hoped it would help mitigate the tension in this region, especially on the issue of South China Sea.
Meanwhile, Salas said Malaysia had shown some interest in nuclear technology, and as for the six regional countries with claims to parts of the South China Sea, the Argentine ambassador said they could emulate the experience of Brazil and his country in easing the tense relationship, adding that these countries could work together in the future towards better development.
The two ambassadors also shared the statement jointly issued by their foreign ministers on July 18 this year in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the signing of Guadalajara Agreement.
Brazilian and Argentine foreign ministers were of the opinion that the high level of trust and mutual benefits spawned by the Agreement had not only witnessed the uniqueness in the bilateral relationship between their two countries, but had also served as a model of nuclear security and non-proliferation, contributing remarkably towards regional and global peace.
"The experience of our two nations now serves as a guide for other world countries still in negotiation deadlocks."