Peru’s president to make state visit to Chile in January



Peru’s president to make state visit to Chile in January
It is now Garcia’s turn to make a state visit to Chile. Piñera visited Peru last November. (Photo: AP)

Peruvian President Alan García is awaiting approval from Congress to officialize a state visit to Chile on January 19-20, reported Andina.

During his two-day visit, Garcia is scheduled to meet with Chilean President Sebastián Piñera.

It is also scheduled that Piñera will condecorate García with the Bernardo O’Higgins Medal, the highest honor that the Chilean government bestows on a foreign citizen.

García will also meet with members of the Senate and House of Representatives, a group of investors in the Peru-Chile Business Council, and the president of the Supreme Court.

The Municipality of Santiago will declare President Garcia illustrious son and give him the keys to the city, reports Andina.

Peru and Chile maintain a maritime dispute being heard in the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands.

Yet they have improved their relations in recent months. Piñera made an official visit to Peru in November 2010 that was highly criticized by his political opposers.

Jorge Tarud, congressman of the Party for Democracy (Partido por la Democracia-PPD), and member of the Chilean Congress Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, even said: “Peru’s president García is not welcomed to Chile.”