British defence secretary visits disputed Falkland Islands

British defense secretary visits contested Falkland Islands while he pays tribute to fallen veterans

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

British Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon

British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon visited the disputed Falkland Islands on Tuesday paying tribute to the fallen veterans while stressing out the importance of the Argentine elections that could be the inception of better relations between Argentina and the UK.

The Islands have not been visited by a defense chief for over a decade. The ministry made sure to share a photo of the Fallon on its twitter account.

The islands are disputed between the UK and Argentina and have officially been a part of Britain since 1833. Their location is just 500 kilometres away from Argentina who claims the islands belonged to them after it gained its independence from Spain in the early 19th century.

Argentina’s former President Cristina Fernandez was replaced by Mauricio Macri after recent elections. Fallon thinks the new President is the answer to improve the relations between the two countries.

"I hope that opportunity can now be taken," he said.

Argentinean president met with Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron during the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.

Argentina claims the islands were illegally claimed by Britain in 1833.

However, Britain says the residents voted on a referendum in 2013 agreeing to be under British governing.

TRTWorld, Reuters