Mexico President Felipe Calderon visits Peru today



Felipe Calderón and Alan García at a 2008 summit meeting in Peru. (Photo: Jack Ramón/Andina)

Today Mexican President Felipe Calderon begins a two-day state visit to Peru, during which he will meet with his Peruvian counterpart Alan Garcia and attend the Lima Summit on Deep Integration along with the leaders of Chile and Colombia.

Calderon is scheduled to arrive at about 1:45 p.m at Peru’s presidential palace, where he will be welcomed with full military honors.
After a meeting with Alan García, both heads of state will offer a joint press conference at 5 p.m. local time.

On Thursday, Felipe Calderon will visit the Peruvian Congress in the morning to meet with its President Cesar Zumaeta and other Congress members.

President Garcia and the three visiting presidents will sign an extensive economic integration pact which, according to Garcia, will bring together countries that “believe in democracy, in modernization through investment, and in the state’s role in the redistribution of wealth.”

Peru’s Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Garcia Belaunde said the visit will enable both countries have a more "dynamic" relation through mechanisms such as an agreement to avoid double taxation.

He acknowledged that previous years have seen a reverse in increases in trade and investment.