10:00 | Iquitos (Loreto region), May. 20.
Peru's President Martin Vizcarra and United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson expressed their firm willingness to enhance trade, investments, tourism, and the fight against organized crime
between their two nations.
The gathering took place in the eastern city of Iquitos. It also saw the presence of Peruvian Foreign Affairs Minister Nestor Popolizio and British Ambassador Kate Harrisson
Other issues to be considered include science and technology, girls and women's education, as well as the fight against illegal wildlife trade.
The Peruvian leader underlined how important is for his country to have its nationals exempted from UK short-stay visa requirements in order to boost trade and tourism.
According to Peru's Foreign Affairs Ministry, the Foreign Secretary was receptive to this request and said he will submit such interest to UK Home Office authorities.
In the context of the UK's exit from the European Union, the authorities stressed their Governments' political will to make sure there is no gap in the regulation that will govern bilateral trade relations
, thus keeping the Multi-party Trade Agreement with Peru in force.
Additionally, Peru's top official noted that fighting corruption
is a priority for his Government and said it would be significant to rely on the cooperation of the United Kingdom to strengthen the recently installed Public Integrity Secretary's Office under the Presidency of the Council of Ministers.
Also on Saturday, Peru's Foreign Affairs Minister Popolizio and Secretary Johnson opened a sustainable energy project at Victor Raul Haya de la Torre School —supported by UK— in favor of students in the Santa Marta community of Iquitos Island (Belen district).
Later, the two government officials visited the Amazon Rescue Center (CREA) and the Peruvian Amazon Research Institute (IIAP), where they stressed the importance of both countries' contribution to the fight against illegal wildlife trade.