The Foreign Minister, Heraldo Muñoz, defined the First Binational Cabinet between Chile and Peru as a "historical event". It will take place, starting today, in the Peruvian capital, Lima, and will be led by the Presidents of both countries, Michelle Bachelet and Pedro Pablo Kuczynsky. "This is the first time in history that both cabinets are brought together" specified the Minister.
The Head of State will travel together with 18 Chilean Ministers and several Undersecretaries, all of whom will meet with their Peruvian counterpart. The Secretary of State declared that the outcome from this meeting will be a Political Declaration and a working plan between the different ministries.
The Binational Cabinet will work through five main working groups: social issues and culture for inclusion; defence and security; foreign trade, inversion and tourism, and technological and scientific cooperation; environment, sustainable growth and energetic and mining matters; and infrastructure, development and border integration.
The Minister informed that at least 10 Agreements will be signed, and they will address an array of subjects such as health, cultural exchange, disaster risk management, human rights and prison management, the mutual recognition of land vehicles driving licenses and permits, amongst others. To that effect, he pointed out that the signing of this documents will "facilitate the integration of both nations and it will reflect the density and interdependence achieved by the economic, political, social and cultural bonds".
The authority also assessed the good moment that the bilateral relations are experiencing and noted on last week's 2+2 meeting which took place between the Foreign Affairs Ministers and Defence Ministers from both countries. "Our relationship with Peru is progressing nicely and it has a vision of future", he pointed out.