U.S. Admiral Tidd Meets Peruvian Defense Minister Valakivi to Discuss Bilateral Issues

The commander of the U.S. Southern Command also attended the Fuerzas Comando 2016 military exercises at the Marine Corps base in Ancón.
Press Office, Peruvian Ministry of Defense | 12 May 2016

International Relations

Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command, joins U.S. Ambassador Brian Nichols (far left), Peruvian Minister of Defense Jakke Valakivi and Admiral Jorge Moscoso (far right), Chief of the Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Command, for an official photo after meeting with senior Peruvian military and civilian officials at the Peruvian Army headquarters in Lima May 9th. [Photo: Jose Ruiz, U.S. Southern Command]

Peruvian Defense Minister Jakke Valakivi received U.S. Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, commander of the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), at Peru's Army Headquarters in Lima on May 9th.

The two discussed bilateral relations in the defense sector, as well as ways to address shared threats to security in the region. Minister Valakivi welcomed the presence of Admiral Tidd in Peru, and stated that the occasion was ideal for reviewing the current status of new threats related to drug trafficking and terrorism, and their development in Peru, as well as the challenges they will face in bilateral matters in the future.

This is the first time that Admiral Tidd has visited Peru. He comes as a participant in the Senior Leader Seminar that followed the “Fuerzas Comando 2016” military exercises, which are being conducted at the Marine Corps base in Ancón , with the goal of fostering regional and multinational cooperation, as well as the interoperability of Special Forces in the region.

The meeting was also attended by the Peruvian Chief of the Armed Forces Joint Command, Admiral Jorge Moscoso, the chiefs of staff for the Army, Navy, and Air Force, the deputy minister of Defense for Policy, and the deputy minister of Defense for Resources.

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