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Surprise meeting between Obama and Peru’s Ollanta Humala

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From left-to-right: Ollanta Humala, Peruvian Diplomat Luis Chuquihuara, U.S. Ambassador to Peru Rose Likins, U.S. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon and Barack Obama (Photos: Ollanta Humala Tasso Facebook page)

LivinginPeru.com

During his trip to Washington, D.C., Ollanta Humala was surprised by a visit from the city’s most-famous resident: Barack Obama.

The U.S. president dropped-in on Humala while the Peruvian president-elect was meeting with government officials in the White House.

Peruvian Congressman Daniel Abugattás, who accompanied Humala on the trip, categorized the meeting as cordial. He was quoted by RPP as saying, "One must be practical and try to move forward and try to construct a future with the United States."

Diplomat Luis Chuquihuara, part of Humala’s transition team, also attended the meeting, and reported to Andina that the two leaders chatted for several minutes. He said that Obama’s gesture was greatly appreciated by the president-elect.

Meeting with Hilary Clinton

Ollanta Humala with Hillary Clinton during his visit to Washington as Peru’s president-elect. He will become president on July 28. (Photo: U.S. State Department)

Earlier in the afternoon, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave Humala a warm welcome. "He has a very big agenda in front of him and the United States stands ready to be his partner," Clinton said in a brief press statement. See video of press conference.

Humala said he hopes to strengthen relations between the two countries, “a relationship which is good, but I hope that during my administration it will become even better."

The meetings in Washington were to focus on the topics of the free trade agreement, which Humala has publicly opposed in the past, economic growth and narcotrafficking.

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Clockwise from bottom: Peruvian Congressman Daniel Abugattás, future Peruvian First Lady Nadine Heredia, Humala, Chuquihuara, Likins, Donilon, Obama and unidentified U.S. officials.

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