Peru recognizes Palestine state, prepares for South American-Arab Summit

Peru has officially recognized Palestine as an “independent and sovereign state,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

“During more than six decades, Peru has recognized the right of the Palestinian people to build an independent state,” the statement said.

“In keeping with its traditional and constant policy in favour of a peaceful solution to the conflict, Peru reaffirms its respect and full support for the Middle East peace process and ratifies its support for negotiations, aimed at creating the coexistence of two States: Israel and Palestine.”

Peru said it also recognized Israel’s right to live in peace with its neighbours, to have safe borders and freedom from threats to its citizens.

The statement comes as Peru prepares to host the 3rd Summit of South American – Arab Countries (ASPA) from February 12-16.

Eighteen heads of state have confirmed their participation in the conference, including Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian National Authority, state news agency Andina reported.

Peruvian Foreign Affairs Minister Jose Antonio Garcia Belaunde said he expects the summit to showcase Peru’s potential for Arab investors.

“The Arabs are big investors, but South America hasn’t been one of their destinations and Peru for its growth rates, political and economic stability, offers an important opportunity,” Garcia Belaunde said.

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