Peru is keen to further strengthen its bilateral relations with Qatar as trade volume between the two countries surged by 60% in 2021 compared to the previous year, Peruvian ambassador Jose Benzaquen has said.
“You can see in the Qatari market many of the Peruvian fruits and vegetables such as mangoes, avocados, lime, grapes, gingers, and pomegranates, among others,” the envoy told Gulf Times, noting that Peru imported a significant amount of petrochemicals and construction materials from Qatar.
Peru is renowned for producing organic agricultural fresh produce, he stressed.
Some of the seven ‘agreements under negotiation’ with Qatar includes a ‘Declaration of mutual intent on cooperation in the field of agriculture.
“This year will mark the 33rd anniversary of diplomatic relations between Peru and Qatar, which started on November 7th, 1989, and it has been developing positively since that day.
“The bilateral agreements signed so far include cooperation in the legal field, Memorandum of Understanding in Education, on mutual cooperation and news exchange, abolishing visa requirement for diplomatic and special passports, and letter of intent on fighting illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs, among others,” Benzaquen said.
Peru is in talks with Qatar on the investment promotion and protection agreement, and the embassy expects to receive a Peruvian delegation to finalise it in the coming months.
The envoy highlighted the importance of cultural cooperation between Qatar and Peru, noting that an Executive Programme of Culture agreement for the years 2022/2024 is set to be signed soon.
Benzaquen underscored Qatar’s generosity and concern to various countries during the onslaught of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.
“We highly appreciate the precautionary measures Qatar has taken to protect the health and safety of its community during the Covid-19 pandemic. Qatar has been considered the perfect role model in dealing with global crises by supporting many other suffering nations worldwide to combat the spread of this pandemic,” he said, noting that Qatar donated equipment and medicines to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
The envoy also underlined the high-level visits between the two countries, “which had become significant signs in our ties.
“We had the privilege to receive His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in October 2018 in my country, and we are sure that the president of Peru reciprocally will be here in Doha as soon as we have the possibility,” Benzaquen said.
About the much-anticipated football tournament, he said: We consider that Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022 will be a global event that promotes friendship between all nations. At the same time, I would like to express my admiration for the Qatari organisation through the amazing stadiums and places we have. Doha has been converted into an international attraction city for all people around the world to visit.”
Abut Peru contributing to Qatar’s National Vision 2030, Benzaquen said the two countries have many common goals such as the prosperity and happiness of their people, promoting a close link between external action and development priorities.
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