Peru’s war on drugs will improve in quality and quantity thanks to the support of the United States, the Andean nation’s leader, Ollanta Humala, said here Tuesday after a White House meeting with President Barack Obama.
“We have found in your administration an open environment in which we can build on all the strategic areas so as to strengthen our bonds,” Humala said during a joint press appearance with Obama.
The two presidents “talked about how we can deepen at a strategic level our work together to continue to combat the scourge of transnational drug networks that have an adverse impact not only in Peru, but throughout the region,” Obama said.
“My visit here is a sign of the strength that we want to carry out in our relationships between the United States and Peru,” Humala said.
The Peruvian president said that he and his U.S. counterpart agreed on “the importance of building democracy, on respecting human rights, on improving economic openness, on working on trade, because this allows us to grow our economies and to develop further.”
Humala is making a state visit of three days to the United States.
He was scheduled to meet later Tuesday with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and to give a speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.