García meets with Honduras president and signs bilateral agreements

Peruvian President Alan García and his Honduran counterpart, Porfirio Lobo, signed bilateral agreements on Wednesday that cover a variety of topics, state news agency Andina reported.

The agreements were signed at the government’s National Palace during Lobo’s visit to Lima.

Lobo said his trip to Peru is aimed at gaining a better understanding of advances in the South American country’s education system and the government’s achievements in decentralization.

He added that he will also meet with Peruvian companies and encourage them to invest in Honduras.

“We want to get a better understanding of Peru’s experience with education, for example, and also the decentralization of the State,” Lobo was quoted as saying. “As well as encourage Peruvian investors to come to Honduras.”

Meanwhile, García said he is interested in strengthening the relationship between Peru and Honduras.

“For our country it is an honor to receive Porfirio ‘Pepe’ Lobo, democratically elected by the Honduran people,” said García. “It is an opportunity to express our [welcoming]… and express from Peru our interest in strengthening our economic, commercial, cultural and political ties with Honduras.”

Lobo was elected president of Honduras in November 2009 following a constitutional crisis as a result of the ousting in June 2009 of then President Manuel Zelaya.

Many leaders in South America – including members of Mercosur trade bloc – had previously said they would not recognize the outcome of new elections, arguing that Zelaya was the country’s rightful president.

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