|Coletta Youngers, Senior Associate with Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)|
The United States government is interested in establishing good relations with the new government of Peruvian President-elect Ollanta Humala, who has embarked on a two-day visit to Washington.
Coletta Youngers, a senior associate with the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), stressed the importance of the visit as a means of strengthening bilateral ties.
She recalled that, since Humala won the June 5 presidential runoff vote, the Obama administration has shown willingness to maintain a good relationship and work with the new government.
Youngers told Andina that the United States is facing a “difficult situation in the Andean region” as it has no ambassadors in three countries, namely Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador.
"It is too early to tell how the relationship would go, but the two countries are showing interest in maintaining good relations and that’s an important first step," she said.