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U.S. welcomes Peru's leadership role and stance on Venezuelan crisis

10:44 | Lima, Feb. 6.

The United States has a very longstanding relationship with Peru and acknowledges its international leadership in a range of issues like the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson affirmed.

"We want to welcome Peru to its growing international leadership role on a range of issues, and we discussed Peru just recently took up its seat for a two-year term on the UN Security Council," Tillerson was quoted as saying at a press conference in Lima.

"We look forward to Peru's important voice on many, many issues that will be important coming before the Security Council, and we know we will have a wonderful collaboration with Peru because of so many shared values," he added.

The head of the U.S. Department of State acknowledged all of the very positive steps that have been taken by Peru and the progress made in putting in place all the elements to meet the requirements for an invitation to accession to the OECD.

Venezuela

Likewise, he stressed Peru's stance in favor of institutionalization in Venezuela in the face of the economic, social and humanitarian crisis facing this country.

"Our governments appreciate Peru's leadership of the Lima Group in an effort to bring some reconciliation between the Maduro regime – encouraging the regime to return to its constitution and allow the people of Venezuela's voice to be heard in the selection of their leaders," he said.

Tillerson remarked the United States and Peru have a very longstanding relationship that is built on the shared values of democracies, prosperity for their people.

Likewise, he admitted the U.S.- Peru Trade Promotion Agreement (PTPA) has really been a cornerstone of the bilateral relationship.

"We also have a very strong law enforcement and security relationship which is essential to our partnership in keeping our people safe and promoting stability," he added.

The U.S. Secretary of State is in Lima on a two-day official visit to Peru as part of his first multi-stop trip to Latin America as Secretary of State.

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Published: 2/6/2018
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