Humala To Travel To Venezuela, Mexico For Summits

Congress provided authorization Wednesday for President Ollanta Humala to travel to Venezuela and Mexico where he will participate in regional summits, state news agency Andina reported.

Humala will travel to Caracas from December 2 to 3 to participate in the first conference of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, or Celac, an organization established by Venezuela aimed at countering the Washington D.C.-based Organization of American States.

Humala, a 49-year-old former army officer, had close ties with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. However, Humala distanced himself from Chavez and his firebrand rhetoric. During the recent presidential campaign he attracted moderate voters by pledging to¬† promote private investments and swearing on a bible that he would not seek to rewrite Peru’s Constitution.

From Dec. 4-5, Humala will then travel to Merida, Mexico, where he will participate in the second Summit on the Pacific Alliance.

That conference will discuss issues related to regional integration, peace, cooperation and development.

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