During a special ceremony held at the Government Palace in Lima, Peruvian President Alan Garcia described the financial contract as a first step in resuming the friendship between both nations.
“With the signing of this loan agreement which will benefit our sub-sectoral irrigation program, we affirm that the relations between our countries are headed in a new direction. We have to recover the five years that we lost”, he aimed.
Garcia emphasized that the friendship between both nations, which went cold after Japan granted save harbor to ex-President Alberto Fujimori at the end of 2000, cannot “be lost based on secondary subjects”.
Japanese ambassador to Peru Hitohiro Ishida also attended the ceremony.