Foreign Ministry requests the opening of an investigation against the resigned Diaz for a leaked audio


Chile’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday asked the Public Prosecutor’s Office to open an investigation against resigned Communications Director Lorena Diaz, who tendered her resignation on Tuesday following the leak of an audio of Chilean Foreign Minister Antonia Urrejola.

«After what happened, and as the law requires of high authorities, the Foreign Minister filed a complaint with the Public Ministry and asked Undersecretary Ximena Fuentes to instruct the opening of an administrative inquiry,» she said in a statement.

The day before, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that Díaz had submitted his resignation, which was accepted. «The situation (…) does not represent at all the excellent bilateral relationship between Argentina and Chile, which has been built on the basis of historical trust and friendship,» it added.

In the leaked audio, Urrejola appears talking informally with members of his team, with whom he exchanges opinions on the response that would be given to the Argentine ambassador in Santiago, Rafael Bielsa, after he questioned the rejection of Gabriel Boric’s government to a port and mining project.

«Enough, this asshole, he does what he wants when he feels like it and the explanation is that he is crazy?», wields the head of the Chilean diplomacy during the conversation, unintentionally leaked to the press by Díaz, according to Chilean media.

A few hours after the controversy erupted, the Chilean Foreign Minister shared a photo on Twitter at the CELAC summit with her Argentine counterpart, Santiago Cafiero, assuring that both continue working in favor of their «intense» bilateral agenda.

For his part, the President of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, minimized the importance of the leaked audio, assuring that these statements are due to the «misuse of conversations that are private, with some comments that one makes with the freedom of not feeling recorded», according to Télam.