Mon. Jul 22nd, 2024
Joint Statement on U.S.-Peru High-Level Dialogue

The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and the Republic of Peru on the occasion of the first United States-Peru High-Level Dialogue on May 9 in Washington, D.C.  

Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell and Peruvian Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Peter Camino led an inaugural High-Level Dialogue in Washington, D.C., on May 9, 2024, affirming a shared commitment to advance mutual interests and deepen the longstanding bilateral strategic partnership.

The U.S. and Peruvian delegations looked to the future, holding five separate breakout sessions focused on democratic governance and migration; cooperation for economic prosperity and inclusive development; environmental protection and disaster preparedness; security and defense; and education and culture.  These conversations advanced our bilateral cooperation strengthening democracy in the region, enhancing civilian security, combating transnational organized crime, and increasing our economic and cultural ties, among other important initiatives.

Key accomplishments of the High-Level Dialogue included:

  • Peru and the United States welcomed the entry into force of an aerial interception agreement which increases our security cooperation and civil aviation protections in accordance with international law.
  • Both countries signed the “Memorandum of Understanding concerning the cooperative situational information integration system” (CSII), which is a first step towards implementing the Agreement.
  • Peru became the first country in Latin America to join the Blue Dot Network initiative, which is an important mechanism for promoting high-quality infrastructure projects.
  • Peru and the United States agreed to promote investments in the Peruvian mining sector and strengthen their cooperation on critical minerals. The United States welcomed Peru’s decision to become the first country to apply for membership to the Mineral Security Partnership Forum.  In addition, both countries initiated discussions towards a Memorandum of Understanding of Cooperation in Critical Minerals that will strengthen cooperation and exchange of information on this matter.
  • Both countries reiterated their commitment to expand investments, strengthen trade, and pursue commercial exchanges between Peruvian and U.S. entrepreneurs and further strengthen economic ties.
  • Both countries committed to collaborating on migration, including working with international organizations to address regional migration concerns.
  • Both countries welcomed the April 29th inaugural meeting of the Working Group to Strengthen Citizen Security and the Fight Against Transnational Crime.
  • The United States announced that the Department of State and FEMA will partner with Peru to enhance Peru’s disaster response capacity.
  • Peru announced that it will host the second Latin American regional Foundational Infrastructure for Responsible Use of Small Modular Reactor Technology (FIRST) Program capacity-building conference with United States support, furthering the secure and peaceful use of nuclear energy to promote energy transition in the region.
  • The United States and Peru committed to become partners on the Global Health Security Program (GHS), which has the objective to strengthen the capacities of global health systems, making it more resilient in order to prevent, detect, and respond to emerging infectious disease threats.
  • Both countries reiterated their commitment not to conduct direct-ascent anti-satellite missile tests. 
  • The United States welcomes Peru’s decision to join the Artemis Accords for cooperation in the peaceful use of outer space.
  • Peru and the United States created a bilateral work group to organize celebrations in honor of our 200th anniversary of diplomatic relations on May 2, 2026.
  • Both countries participated in the repatriation of artwork from the 17th century Cusco School of Peruvian paintings which was recovered by the FBI.

Both countries celebrated the 15th anniversary of their free trade agreement and acknowledged its benefits and accomplishments.  With the same spirit, both States underlined their resolve to foster regional mechanisms that promote integration and cooperation, like the Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, chaired this year by Peru.  Moreover, the United States recognized Peru’s progress on its accession roadmap toward becoming a member of the OECD.

In addition, both nations reaffirmed their commitment to jointly combat illegal deforestation and illegal mining; protect Indigenous communities; promote human rights; and strengthen democratic institutions and respect their independence.

This first High-Level Dialogue between the United States and Peru exemplifies the long history of friendship between the two nations, which is also represented by the resident communities of the two countries, who day by day strengthen the people to people ties between Peru and the United States.

Finally, both delegations expressed their appreciation for the work done at the High-Level Dialogue.  Their efforts made this event a success and paved the way for the strengthening of the strategic partnership between Peru and the United States.  

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originally published at Politics - JISIP NEWS