Santiago, Chile, (Prensa Latina) Peruvian President-elect Ollanta Humala began a visit to Chile on Wednesday as the last stop on a tour of Latin America following his victory against conservative rival Keiko Fujimori.
“The desire to come here to strengthen relations with a sister people has been stronger than volcanic ash,” said Humala, after arriving at the Santiago airport on Tuesday night. His trip had been uncertain because of a cloud of ash from the erupting Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic complex.
According to officials, Humala’s agenda includes a meeting with President Sebastian Piñera in the afternoon.
Humala’s presence in Chile has generated greater expectations, given that the two neighboring countries have their agreements and disagreements.
Regarding the border dispute that Peru and Chile have taken to the International Court in the Hague, Humala said in a recently interview with the Telesur network that he does not intend to have a policy of distance with Chile, as the preceding government of Alan Garcia did.
In Chile, Humala concludes the first stage of a week-long Latin America tour that also took him to Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina.
In a second tour before his inauguration on July 28, the Peruvian president-elect will visit Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela.