UPDATE 1-UK, Argentina agree joint steps on Falklands in win for diplomacy
(Adds details, quotes)
By Estelle Shirbon
LONDON, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Britain and Argentina have agreed to work together towards removing measures restricting the oil and gas, shipping and fishing industries around the disputed Falkland Islands, both countries said on Wednesday.
Argentina claims sovereignty over the British-run islands it calls Las Malvinas, and the issue has strained relations for decades, culminating in a war in 1982.
Tensions flared last year, but Britain has been keen to improve relations since pro-business Mauricio Macri took over from Cristina Fernandez as Argentina's president in December.
"In a positive spirit, both sides agreed to set up a dialogue to improve cooperation on South Atlantic issues of mutual interest," said a joint communique by both countries.
"In this context it was agreed to take the appropriate measures to remove all obstacles limiting the economic growth and sustainable development of the Falkland Islands, including in trade, fishing, shipping and hydrocarbons," it said.
The communique was agreed following a series of meetings in Buenos Aires between Macri, Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra and Alan Duncan, Britain's minister of state for Europe and the Americas.
Britain said the discussions that had taken place did not affect the sovereignty issue and Britain remained clear in its support of the islanders. Continuación...