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.