BUENOS AIRES, June 20 (Xinhua) -- New Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman said on Sunday that the fundamental line of his administration will be to deepen the ties with Latin America.
Timerman will take charge on Tuesday, replacing Jorge Taiana.
He said that Argentina's ties with Brazil are a priority given their common positions at international forums and the integration of the Common Market of the South (Mercosur).
Timerman said his mission will be to "deepen the Argentine presence in the regional aspects and the construction of the ties with Latin America."
"Argentina has the ties with the United States as it wishes to have," he said.
He noted that Argentina is recognized as a leader in Latin America in the development of nuclear energy and that national interests will be defended in all aspects, including the sovereignty of the Malvinas Islands (known as Falkland Islands in Britain).
Former Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana resigned on Friday. He presented his "indeclinable" resignation in a letter to President Cristina Fernandez for "personal reasons."
Taiana became foreign minister on Dec. 1, 2005 under then President Nestor Kirchner.