Peruvian president, UAE envoy meet on bi-regional summit

March 13, 2012 8:49 am 

LIMA, March 13 — Peruvian President Ollanta Humala on Monday met with the envoy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the upcoming Summit of South American-Arab Countries, a bi-regional association known as ASPA by its Spanish acronym.

During the meeting with UAE Foreign Minister Sheik Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Humala reiterated Peru's interest in having the UAE participate in the third ASPA summit slated to take place in Peru next September.

The UAE envoy, in turn, stressed the effective role of Peru in strengthening relations between the two regions, according to a report by the Federation of Arab News Agencies.

Neither made declarations to the press following the one-hour meeting, fueling speculations that the Syrian crisis may have been one of the topics discussed.

Established in 2005, ASPA brings together 12 Latin American countries and 22 member states of the Arab League to explore bi- regional cooperation in trade, investment, social development and politics, among other areas.

This is the second visit of the UAE envoy to the Andean nation. During his visit, Bin Zayed Al Nahyan also met with his Peruvian counterpart Rafael Roncagliolo to discuss issues ranging from trade to tourism.

Peru's Foreign Relations Ministry said Bin Zayed Al Nahyan's visit will give new impetus to bilateral relations, which started officially in 1986.

Bin Zayed Al Nahyan's trip will also take him to Bogota, where he is scheduled to meet with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. (PNA/Xinhua) RSV/mmg

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