Bill Rammell FCO Minister for Latin America Visits Peru
31 January 2005
“My visit to Peru is a first.” he said ahead of his two day visit, “British companies have long invested in Peru, and the UK attaches great importance to helping Peru enhance its economic growth within the region.”
He met in private with President Toledo where he was hoping to “underline the significance of Peruvian commitment to the G8 initiative on transparency and corruption [and] discuss how the UK can further cooperate with Peru to stamp down on the trafficking of narcotics from Colombia, much of which ends up as cocaine on UK streets “ (FCO press release).
The leading Peruvian newspaper, El Comercio, interviewed him. When asked how he saw the political and economic changes in Latin America in recent years, he replied: “One of the most important changes is economic integration because of its importance for the development of the region. The major challenge is to win the fight against poverty.” He told El Comercio that the priority of the British government in terms of foreign affairs was Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa.