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Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Defense lead 2+2 mechanism meeting with Peru

Friday, October 27th 2023

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alberto van Klaveren, and the Minister of Defense, Maya Fernández, along with their Peruvian counterparts, Ana Cecilia Gervasi and Jorge Chávez, headed the VIII Meeting of the Permanent Committee for Consultation and Political Coordination Chile-Peru, known as 2+2.

"As neighboring countries, we share a border that, rather than dividing, unites us and encourages us to cooperate in multiple areas, such as foreign policy and defense, two key public policies for our relationship", said the Foreign Affairs Minister, adding that the richness of the agenda "shows the way in which our countries jointly decide to face common challenges. We have a fluid dialogue on political matters, as expressed by the numerous commitments assumed within the framework of the Binational Cabinet, based on a common approach to the events taking place in the region and the world".

For Minister Fernandez, this meeting is of great importance for the treatment of strategic matters of common interest between Peru and Chile. She also pointed out that it "is an opportunity to jointly review the challenges faced by both countries and evaluate the best way to intensify our relationship".

During the meeting, the Foreign Affairs Ministers discussed regional and global matters of mutual interest. In the regional sphere, they highlighted the Brasilia Consensus as a beneficial space to reactivate South American integration. They also discussed the normalization process that the Pacific Alliance is undergoing.

On topics of global interest, they expressed their concern for the situation in the Middle East. On that occasion, Peru thanked Chile for its support to remove a group of its nationals from the conflict zone. Likewise, they agreed in their condemnation of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

On defense matters, the parts discussed risk management and humanitarian assistance, and how to cooperate between both nations; the deployment and work that both countries carry out in United Nations peace operations; progress in the women, peace and security agenda; and border security.

See the joint declaration here.