Peru hosts hemispheric summit

08 April 2018

Lima will play host this week to the Summit of the Americas. According to the foreign ministry, 20 heads of state had confirmed their participation as of 5 April. Among them is Donald Trump who will arrive in Lima amid the 500 members of the US armed forces deemed necessary to guarantee his personal security. The Peruvian Congress passed a resolution authorising this, a motion supported by Fuerza Popular and Peruanos por el Kambio, but opposed by the Frente Amplio and Nuevo Perú. 

The new foreign minister, Nestor Popolizio, previously confirmed that the new government had ratified the Kuczynski administration’s decision to withdraw the invitation previously extended to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. He argued that this was a ‘state policy’ (política de Estado) that went beyond partisan positions. The move has been criticised by countries like Bolivia and Ecuador. They argue that Peru is exceeding its remit as host by disinviting one of the region’s heads of state.

Among the key issues up for discussion are the themes of governance and corruption. It would seem that Peru will be well-placed to contribute to this debate.

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