Peru and U.S. Work to Strengthen Defense Relations

Peru and U.S. Work to Strengthen Defense Relations

By Dialogo
January 24, 2013

Peru and the United States are working to strengthen their relations with regard to defense, said Peruvian Minister of Defense Pedro Cateriano, after meeting with the Commander of the U.S. Southern Command, General John F. Kelly at the Government Palace on January 22.

“Lately, we have been working relentlessly in order to strengthen the area of defense,” Cateriano said after concluding the meeting in which President Ollanta Humala participated, according to Andina news agency.

During the meeting, other subjects related to the fight against terrorism and drug trafficking were addressed, as well as the cooperation in military training.

Cateriano announced that a civic action activity will be carried out on May 1 in the city of Talara, in northern Perú, with the participation of the U.S. Armed Forces, to support to the town’s people.

The minister reminded the press that President Humala expressed the Peruvian government’s interest in expanding educational exchanges for the Armed Forces, a positive move that would benefit the relations between both countries, he manifested.

Likewise, the minister added that Humala wished General Kelly success in his new role, “since the successful development of his mission will be beneficial for all nations that share the defense of freedom and democratic ideals.”