President Ollanta Humala is on a three day visit to France, Spain and Portugal as part of his effort to strengthen Peru’s ties with European countries. On Thursday, Humala met with his counterpart in France, François Hollande, where both leaders signed agreements related to student exchanges programs and mutual recognition of diplomas.
During his meeting with Hollande, Humala said that global warming was a grave concern and discussed efforts to address education, health care, water resource management, and sustainable development in the Amazon region. The two leaders expressed a similar position on narcotrafficking, advocating mechanisms aimed at both the producers and consumers. President Hollande invited French companies to invest in Peru’s energy and infrastructure sector: “This cooperation contributes to Peru’s infrastructure, much needed by Peru, and will also contribute to Peru’s sustained 6 percent growth in the economy.” Humala emphashized that this was a moment of positive bilateral relations effort, “This visit marks the start of a strengthening process of the historic Franco-Peruvian relations.” The French leader accepted an invitation to travel to Peru.
Today Humala participates in a presentation that seeks to gain UNESCO recognition of the “Inca Trail” as a World Heritage site. His speech will be attended by representatives of all countries participating in the project (Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru).
In Cádiz, Spain he is attending the annual XXII Iberoamerican Summit today and tomorrow. The summit, with the theme of “a renewed relationship on the Bicentennial of the Constitution of Cadiz,” is hosting 22 member countries from Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries in the Americas and Europe. The Peruvian president’s tour concludes in Portugal where he will meet with the business community and policymakers as part of his overall goal to expedite ratification by the European Parliament of the free-trade agreement signed with the European Union in June.
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