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Peru-U.S. ties to remain strong during Trump presidency: Peru ambassador

Former Peruvian Ambassador to Washington Harold Forsyth has said that the bilateral relationship between Peru and the United States will remain positive and solid under the Donald Trump administration once he takes office in January. Historically, the relations with the world’s leading power have been quite good and were strengthened under the Obama administration.

Forsyth, who served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs under the Toledo administration (2001-2006), noted that Peru and the United States work together in many fields, such as trade and cooperation, which raises hopes of an excellent future. Bilateral trade has remained intense to such an extent that currently, the US is the second largest trading partner of Peru after China.

In addition, Peru has a free-trade agreement (FTA) with the US in effect for nearly eight years. Peru has signed an FTA and commercial interests are quite strong on either side. This is a good opportunity to encourage Peruvian entrepreneurs to use the FTA and boost their non-traditional products where there is plenty of space, he observed. The ambassador sounded confident that the bilateral cooperation in the fight against drugs will remain active and effective within the next four years. Donald Trump will take office on January 20 after a nearly two-year campaign that concluded on November 8 with his victory on Democrat Hillary Clinton.

 
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