The Bolivian President, Evo Morales, is promoting the construction of a bi-oceanic railroad that connects, through his country’s territory, to Ilo in the Pacific with the Brazilian port of Santos, in the Atlantic.
Morales visited the Peruvian port of Ilo on Saturday, where he will channel his country’s foreign trade after the Court of The Hague’s ruling on the Chilean port of Arica.
"We went to accompany the arrival of a ship with 13,000 tons of Bolivian overseas cargo," Morales tweeted after touring the port facilities of Ilo, 1,300 km south of Lima, which the government of Peru will remodel for use by its neighbor, said the website T13.
"We thank the Peruvian brothers for the reception and for the great honor of receiving the keys to the city" of Ilo, added Morales, who completed a marathon visit to this Peruvian port, where a meeting with his Peruvian counterpart Martin Vizcarra was planned, but suspended at the last minute.
It is known that Morales wants to stop using the Chilean ports of Arica, Iquique and Antofagasta, even though Bolivian goods do not pay duties in Chilean ports under the 1904 boundary treaty, because he considers that their use benefits Chile economically.