Argentina’s Foreign Ministry has lodged a formal protest with the British embassy to reject Britain’s military exercises that are to take place in the disputed Falkland Islands.

The statement says: “Argentina rejects the holding of these exercises in Argentine territory illegally occupied by the United Kingdom.”

Argentina’s tough rhetoric comes amid a severe economic downturn, since local currency lost half its value against the dollar in 2018. Inflation is forecast to reach more than 40% by the end of the year.

The two countries waged a war over the Falkland Islands in 1982, when Argentina invaded the archipelago, prompting the United Kingdom to dispatch an expeditionary force returning the territory to British control in two months.

Source: The Arab News newspaper