Lima, 18 March 2022 (TDI): Peruvian Prime Minister, Anibal Torres held a meeting with the Italian Ambassador to Peru, Giancarlo Maria Curcio. The meeting was held on Thursday to deliberate upon bilateral ties between Peru and Italy.

In the meeting, both committed to strengthening the relationship between the two countries. Both discussed issues of bilateral priorities and the significance of the Peruvian Diaspora in Italy and its role in developing as well as strengthening ties between the two countries.

The Italian Ambassador proposed to strengthen bilateral ties in the fields of education, judicial, and consular services. Both committed to enhancing ties and cooperation between Peruvian and Italian universities through student and faculty exchange programs.

Furthermore, the Italian Ambassador also declared the candidacy of Rome as a host city for World Expo 2030 to the Peruvian Prime Minister. Prime Minister Anibal on his part welcomed and supported Rome’s candidacy for the future World Expo event.

The Peruvian Prime Minister also showed keen interest in the progress of negotiations on a treaty on bilateral judicial cooperation. The treaty would allow a smooth judicial cooperation process between Italy and Peru.

Italian Ambassador assured Prime Minister Anibal that the Italian Foreign Ministry is keenly working on the treaty. Relations between Peru and Italy go back centuries when early Italian settlers settled in Lima. This was during the Spanish colonial period.

As per the latest estimates, there are 500,000 Peruvians of Italian descent living in Peru. Moreover, Italy is also a popular emigration destination for Peruvians for study and work. Also, cooperation between Italy and Peru has also thrived in the context of EU-Peru relations.

Aside from that, Italy and Peru have a trade agreement through the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Peru and the European Union (EU). The FTA agreement entered into force on the 1st of March in 2013.