Peruvian President to meet with Swiss counterpart

​La Presidenta de la Confederación Suiza, Doris Leuthar.

00:00 | Lima, Apr. 21.

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on Friday will meet with Swiss counterpart Doris Leuthard at Lima's Government Palace.

Both leaders will discuss economic and trade policy, cooperation in legal matters and cultural affairs, as well as climate change and human rights. 

"With my visit, I wish to contribute to further strengthening the interconnection between [Peru's and Switzerland's] economic centers, thus deepening our close friendship ties," said Ms. Leuthard in an article published by local El Comercio daily.

Yesterday, the illustrious guest began a two-day official visit to Peru, joined by Swiss high-ranking officials and a business delegation.

She was welcomed at Lima's Jorge Chavez International Airport by Peruvian Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Ambassador Nestor Popolizio. 

Ms. Leuthard will also be present at the launch of the Swiss Secretariat for Economic Affairs' (SECO) cooperation strategy for 2017-2020.

It should be noted this is the first time that a Swiss President has paid an official visit to the Inca nation over the countries' 134-year-old bilateral relations. 

Peru – Switzerland

In a press release, the Swiss Government affirmed relations between Switzerland and Peru are close and wide ranging. 

Switzerland first became involved in Peru in 1964 within the framework of traditional development aid. Since 2009 Peru has been a SECO priority country for economic development cooperation. 

Peru is also part of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation's (SDC) Andes program run from Lima tackling climate change and the sustainable management of water resources.

As of the end of 2015 there were 3,100 Swiss nationals living in the Andean country.


Published: 4/21/2017