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Meeting with President of Peru, Mr Ollanta Humala

José Manuel Barroso and Catherine Ashton meet Ollanta Humala © EU

President Humala was today received by President Barroso, only 10 months after his election, which confirms the very good relations between the EU and Peru.

After the meeting President José Manuel Barroso said that the EU and Peru are natural partners: "We share common values and principles, such as democracy, rule of law, human rights and a social market economy. We work closely in important areas such as combating climate change and drugs and we both hope to build an international system based on common standards."

He continued: "Peru is also an excellent business partner. The European Union is the main destination for Peruvian exports, and we are the largest foreign investor in Peru. The presence of President Humala here today is very timely and will certainly have positive effects in this regard, especially laying the groundwork for the European Parliament vote in favor of the Trade Agreement between the EU, Peru and Colombia, which has the full backing of the Commission. This Agreement will stimulate EU investments in Peru, will bring many benefits to citizens and businesses of both parties and will allow more economic development. In this sense I have proposed to the President Humala that the signing of the Agreement is made as soon as possible and have suggested the end of June in Brussels."

The EU is also the biggest provider of aid to Peru with 135 million euros (2007-2013), of which 34 million is devoted to the Peruvian national strategy for combatting drugs.

Read the full speech (in Spanish)

Watch the video (in Spanish)