"One look at our history is
enough to see that Mexico and Peru share a rich, common heritage as cradles of
pre-Hispanic civilizations, and an on-going cultural dialogue that is exemplified
by the many Mexican readers of Mario Vargas Llosa and Peruvian readers of
Octavio Paz. With these affinities as a starting point, today we look to
the future, where we are increasingly united in an interest to create
opportunities and prosperity for both countries”: Claudia Ruiz Massieu
Beginning today, Mexico will hold the
rotating presidency of the Partnership Council for a year. The Council’s
installation opens a new chapter in Mexican-Peruvian cooperation that
will result in new projects, dialogues and areas of agreement that will benefit
the societies of both countries.
Mexico and Peru are at an excellent point
in their bilateral relationship: over
the last 12 years, for example, bilateral trade has grown by 670%. Peru is
the second most important destination for Mexican investments in Latin
America and ranks first among the countries of the Pacific
Alliance, with an accumulated investment of over USD 14 billion. Peru
is also a strategic ally in South America, where Mexico plays a key role as regional
Foreign Secretary Ruiz Massieu and Foreign Minister Sánchez Vargas met privately
to discuss the regional agenda and the participation of Mexico and Peru in multilateral
forums such as the Pacific Alliance and the Community of Latin American and
Caribbean States (CELAC). They also discussed trade, investment and cooperation.
In a separate event, they inaugurated
the "El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega"
exhibit in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the death of this
outstanding figure in Peruvian history and literature.