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Peru, UK to strengthen bilateral relations following Brexit

El Big Ben de Londres Foto: AFP

El Big Ben de Londres Foto: AFP

11:59 | Lima, Dec. 3.

The United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union —also known as Brexit— constitutes a one-time opportunity for Peru to strengthen bilateral relations with said nation, Peruvian Ambassador to the UK Susana de la Puente affirmed.

According to the official, both countries have been enjoying a very close relationship for more than 200 years, which currently experiences trade and economic growth.

It must be noted the UK is the second-most important investor in Peru.

"Now with Brexit, England will leave the European community; it will become independent. That [situation] gives Peru a unique opportunity to strengthen bilateral ties, as well as to reach a trade agreement directly [with the UK]," she told RPP news station.

"This is one of the important steps towards a free trade agreement," De la Puente said while noting the UK is known for its leadership in mining, infrastructure, and technology fields.

As is known, the Peruvian Ambassador recently stressed that the Andean country's solid macroeconomic fundamentals have created a favorable environment to attract greater flows of British investments into diverse sectors.

Within this context, Peru's main exports to the United Kingdom include gold, asparagus, avocados, blueberries, fresh grapes, and coffee. 

Shipments of tangerines, mangoes, tin, peas, cacao, among others, also stand out in this sense.

On the other hand, some of the major imported products from the United Kingdom are whiskey, assembled vehicles, machinery, diesel engines, books, rails, and medicines.

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Published: 12/3/2017
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