Photo: Mexico President-Elect Pena Neito in Peru
Mexican President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto met over the weekend in Lima with Peruvian President Ollanta Humala to discuss the state of bilateral relations.
Peña Nieto and his wife, actress Angelica Rivera, arrived on Sunday afternoon in the Peruvian capital, the last stop on the president-elect’s tour of Latin America.
The meeting between Peña Nieto and Humala was originally scheduled for Monday.
Peña Nieto and Rivera were welcomed at presidential palace by Humala and first lady Nadine Heredia.
The two men had a private meeting that lasted less than an hour.
Peru hopes to work “in a united manner” with a country that has experienced growth in recent years “in the economic, trade and integration fields,” Humala said in brief comments to reporters.
“We discussed integration issues, our vision for the future and working together to improve the conditions of our fellow citizens,” Humala said.
The 46-year-old Peña Nieto thanked Humala for his hospitality and expressed “great interest” in strengthening ties between Mexico and Peru.
“This relationship we have based on brotherhood can be strengthened, deepened and turned into greater benefits for our peoples. I am here to make clear my interest in working, my commitment and my political will to work together with the president of Peru in this brotherly relationship,” Peña Nieto said.
Mexico and Peru signed a free trade agreement that took effect in February.
Bilateral trade grew at an average annual rate of 13.7 percent from 2000 to 2010, rising from $389 million to more than $1.41 billion.
Peru and Mexico are members of the Alliance of the Pacific, a trade bloc that also includes Colombia and Chile.
The two nations also belong to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, or APEC, forum along with 19 other countries.
Humala hosted a dinner for Peña Nieto following their brief appearance before reporters, who were not allowed to ask any questions.
Peña Nieto’s tour of Latin America started last Monday in Guatemala and also took him to Colombia, Brazil, Chile and Argentina, with the president-elect meeting with the leaders of all the nations he visited.