Peru Foreign Affairs Minister to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton in Washington

Peru Foreign Affairs Minister José Antonio García Belaunde will meet with U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton in Washington April 6 to discuss bilateral relations, U.S. ambassador Peter Michael McKinley confirmed Tuesday.

Other than the current global financial crisis, Belaunde said a possible agenda item was to coordinate a meeting between Peru President Alan Garcia and U.S. President Barack Obama during the Summit of the Americas, scheduled for April 17-19, 2009, in Trinidad and Tobago.

“What’s important is that (Belaunde) and the Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, meet and we will see what happens later,” McKinley was quoted saying by official state news agency Andina.

Belaunde will be in Washington in April to commemorate the 50th anniversay of the Antarctic Treaty and related agreements, collectively called the Antarctic Treaty System, or ATS. The treaty – which has set aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve where military activity is banned – was signed in Washington on Dec., 1, 1959.

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