UPDATE 1-Argentina's Fernandez meets billionaire investor Soros in New York
(Adds details of meeting)
BUENOS AIRES, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Argentine President Cristina Fernandez met on Monday with Argentina bondholder and billionaire financier George Soros, who is suing a U.S. bank caught in the middle of the country's latest default.
A spokesman for Soros said they had discussed topics including the energy sector.
The meeting came as Fernandez's leftist government struggles to kick-start growth and contain runaway consumer prices after failing to complete a June interest payment to Soros and other holders of bonds restructured after a previous default.
Soros' portfolio also includes a 3.5 percent stake in Argentina's state-controlled energy firm YPF. Buenos Aires has frequently cited the Hungarian-born magnate's investments in the country as a signal of investor confidence in the $490 billion economy.
"President Kirchner and Mr. Soros discussed a range of topics, including the prospects for Argentina's economy, recent positive developments in Argentina's energy and hydrocarbons sector, and drug policy reform in Latin America," said Michael Vachon, a spokesman for Soros, without giving further details.
Local media had reported Fernandez would be looking to shore up support for her unflinching stance against a small group of investors whose decade-long debt row with Argentina triggered July's default.
Fernandez is in the United States ahead of the United Nations General Assembly, as relations between Buenos Aires and Washington sour over the role a U.S. court played in Argentina's debt saga.
Argentina plunged into its second default in 12 years when a Manhattan judge ordered trustee agent Bank of New York Mellon Corp not to pass a $539 coupon payment on to bondholders until the government resolved its fight with the small group of so-called holdout creditors. Continuación...