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President Javier Milei began his first international tour this Monday, which will take him to Israel, Italy and the Vatican, where he will meet with the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu;

the Prime Minister of Italy, Giorgia Meloni, and Pope Francis, among other high-ranking political leaders.

The Argentine president departed at noon, local time, from the Minister Pistarini International Airport of Ezeiza, in the province of Buenos Aires, accompanied by the Secretary General of the Presidency, Karina Milei, Foreign Minister Diana Mondino and the designated ambassador to Israel, Axel Wahnish, also rabbi and personal spiritual guide of Javier Milei.

The presidential delegation will land on Tuesday in Tel Aviv, where, in addition to the political agenda, the president - who came to power nominated by the party he founded, Freedom Advances - will make time to visit the Western Wall and the Museum of Holocaust.

Then, he will hold meetings with Netanyahu, with the president, Isaac Herzog, and with local businessmen.

Before taking off, Milei said that with this tour he fulfilled his promise to prioritize this trip during his first months in office.

She added that she sought to demonstrate against the Hamas group's terrorist attacks and defend the legitimate use of Israel's defense.

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The vanguard of the Western right

Last August, when Milei was still a candidate, he told the LN+ news channel that, if he became president, he would move the embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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Political analyst Marcos Novaro tells CNN that this trip is part of Milei's ideological diplomacy.

“Chancellor Diana Mondino deals with pragmatic diplomacy – the link with China and Brazil – and Milei with ideological issues,” according to his point of view.

“In Davos she did it with her doctrinal discourse and now because, just as many other right-wing sectors assume, the war in Israel represents the vanguard of the West,” she points out.

The analyst adds that the trip, in practical terms, may have little impact, “but it will give him some impact at an international level that is useful because Milei aspires to be a right-wing global leader.”

The visit to Pope Francis, a bond that began with confrontation

The bond between Francisco and Javier Milei did not have the best start.

Although he later lowered the confrontational tone, before the right-wing leader was elected he referred to the pope of Argentine origin in an offensive manner on more than one occasion.

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However, once he arrived at the Casa Rosada, both made gestures of reconciliation and next Sunday the pontiff will receive him at the Holy See.

At the Vatican, Milei will attend the canonization ceremony of María Antonia de Paz y Figueroa “Mama Antula,” and will then have an audience with Pope Francis.

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Novaro says that this reconciliation means a “win for both.”

“The Pope stopped talking about Argentina a long time ago or speaks very little, his cultural battles are more global and not local,” explains Novaro.

In this way, the specialist considers that the dialogue between them could be on good terms.

“A possible trip (of the pope to Argentina) is also a reconciliation with the country,” he adds.

A trip of high political tension

Finally, in what could be considered another gesture of his ties with the international right, the tour will also feature meetings with the Prime Minister of Italy, Giorgia Meloni, and the president, Sergio Mattarella.

"I hope Meloni becomes a reference for Milei, more democratic and less radicalized than other leaders like Bukele or Trump," says Novaro.

"It's a good background although I doubt he'll take it because Milei is more ideological," he reflects.

In this section of the trip that begins on Saturday, Sandra Pettovello, Minister of Human Capital, and Guillermo Francos, Minister of the Interior, will join the delegation.

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