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Spain demands Milei public apology for ‘corrupt wife’ comment

AFP – Spain yesterday demanded a “public apology” from Argentina’s President Javier Milei for calling Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s wife “corrupt” amidst a deepening diplomatic crisis between the Hispanic allies.

The socialist government has already recalled its ambassador to Buenos Aires and Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares said on Cadena Ser radio that he would summon the Argentine ambassador yesterday. “I am going to explain to him the gravity of the situation and I am going to demand again a public apology by Javier Milei,” Albares said.

Albares said would not exclude the rupture of diplomatic ties with Argentina if no apology was made.

“We clearly do not want to take these measures but if there is no public apology, we will do it,” the minister said.

The tub-thumping Argentina leader caused Spanish government outrage at a conference in Madrid organised by Spain’s far-right Vox party. Milei lashed out at socialism and attacked Sanchez’s wife, Begona Gomez, without naming her.

“The global elites don’t realise how destructive it can be to implement the ideas of socialism,” Milei said.

“They don’t know the type of society and country that can produce, the type of people clinging to power and the level of abuse that generates.”

He added: “When you have a corrupt wife, let’s say, it gets dirty, and you take five days to think about it.”

Protesters hold placards outside the High Court in London, England. PHOTO: AFP