Peru’s Ollanta Humala attends Santos inauguration in Colombia


Peru’s President Ollanta Humala Tasso will attend today President Juan Manuel Santos’ inauguration ceremony that will bring together 11 heads of state and more than 100 foreign delegations.

Humala’s visit will help strengthen relations between the two nations, as well as boost bilateral cooperation, border integration and trade ties.

According to Colombian Foreign Ministry sources, the inauguration will be witnessed by 11 heads of state, seven vice-presidents, four ministers of Foreign Affairs, eight ministers of other portfolios, 62 representatives of 23 embassies and consulates and international organizations.

Santos, re-elected on June 15 in the second round, will be sworn in this afternoon for a second four-year period in office (2014-2018) in a ceremony held at the National Capitol’s Patio Nuñez, along with his vice president Germán Vargas Lleras.

According to the official agenda, the Peruvian leader will meet his Colombian counterpart as well as heads of state and government of the Ibero-American countries.

He will also meet with Ernesto Samper, Colombia’s former president and next Secretary-General of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur).

Afterwards, Humala is due to hold talks with Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini and European council President Herman Van Rompuy.

In this regard, Peruvian Foreign Minister Gonzalo Gutiérrez highlighted the president’s participation in the swearing-in ceremony, as it will foster bilateral relations with the coffee-producing nation and will give Peru the opportunity to strengthen bonds of friendship with the European Union.

“This is not only a protocol visit, this trip has a dual purpose,” Gutierrez stated after attending the last session of the Council of Ministers in Lima.Representatives of more than 100 countries will attend the ceremony.