French President thanks Peru for climate role, during visit
Peru/bilateral relations – Statement by M. François Hollande, President of the Republic, on his arrival
Lima, 23 February 2016
Today I’m beginning a three-day visit to Latin America; Peru is welcoming us this morning, because in recent weeks Peru has had a very strong relationship with France through the preparation for the Climate Conference, because it was here in Lima that the international mobilization began that concluded with the success we’re aware of in Paris last December. So I wanted to thank the Peruvian authorities for their full role in those negotiations, and there’s even a Lima-Paris Action Agenda that will enable us to implement the conclusions of the Climate Conference.
I’m also coming here as French President – after a long absence, because the last President to come to Peru before me was General de Gaulle, so a very long time ago. We needed an opportunity to reiterate the ties uniting not only Latin America and France but also, in particular, Peru and France. (…)
But I’m [also] coming back here to Peru to show what our businesses can do. As you know, there’s very high-level space cooperation, French businesses have settled here and jobs have been created. But what I wanted to express to Peru above all is my gratitude, my gratitude about the Climate Conference and its result.
I’ll then be going to Argentina, where a new president is in place and where we’ll have to open a new page in relations between our two countries. And finally to Uruguay, which is a Francophone country and which very much deserves a visit by the French President./.