South Africa and Peru hold inaugural Political Consultations

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Alvin Botes, played host to his counterpart, the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Peru, Ambassador Ignacio Higueras Hare, on Thursday, 30 November 2023, in Pretoria.

The visit coincides with the 30-year anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between South Africa and Peru, the Spokesperson for The Department of International Relations and Cooperation, DIRCO, Mr Clayson Monyela, said in a statement.

Diplomatic relations between South Africa and Peru are cordial and are conducted within the framework of the South Africa-Peru Bilateral Consultative Mechanism at the level of respective Deputy Ministers, which was established in March 2019.

South Africa and Peru share similar values and a mutual commitment to the promotion of democracy, human rights, sustainable development, south-south cooperation, respect for the rule of international law, peaceful resolution of conflicts and multilateralism, according to the statement.

The Deputy Ministers are expected to use the occasion of the inaugural Political Consultations to review the status of bilateral relations between the two countries and discuss priorities for cooperation going forward, especially in the following areas: diplomatic and political relations, arts and culture; agribusiness; mineral resources; science and technology; tourism; trade and investment; and sport.

Deputy Minister Botes and Vice Minister Hare also exchanged views on regional and multilateral issues of mutual concern.

”South Africa commends the government of Peru for honouring the late former President Nelson Mandela with a memorial installed in its capital city, San Isidro of Lima. The uniqueness of the memorial and its towering presence is a recognition of the enduring bonds of friendship, solidarity and shared African heritage between the two countries.

”The memorial is also an acknowledgment of the late President Mandela’s contribution to freedom and democracy in South Africa and his tireless advocacy for south-south cooperation and the establishment of a just and equitable global governance system,” the statement said.

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