Chile expects to improve bilateral relations with Peru

13:22, June 17, 2011      

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Chilean Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno said on Thursday that his country was ready to work together with Peruvian President-elect Ollanta Humala to improve bilateral ties.

He said Chile appreciated Humala's inclusion of Chile in his first Latin America tour after the June 5 election victory and his "tremendously positive" attitude showed in the visit.

"These are all extremely positive gestures," Moreno said, noting Humala decided to travel to Chile despite the difficulties caused by an ash cloud from the eruption of the Chilean Puyehue Volcano.

Moreno said Wednesday's meeting between Chile's President Sebastian Pinera and Humala was held in a friendly environment and the two leaders discussed a wide range of topics concerning bilateral ties.

Chile and Peru still disagree on the maritime border that determines fishing boundaries and are waiting for the sentence of the International Court of Justice in Hague. Chile seeks better ties with Peru despite maritime dispute, said Moreno.

"What we are looking for is integration, that is the way to develop our countries," Moreno said in an interview with a local radio. "Everything was solved in a good way and we have set a large agenda of things to do."

Pinera is the first head of state to congratulate Humala on his victory in Peru's presidential election, a gesture that Humala described as generous, symbolic and very important.

Source: Xinhua
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