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Peru and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Peru took the initiative for the establishment of bilateral relations (1986) and for the opening of its Embassy in Riyadh (2010).

IMPORTANT DATES IN THE BILATERAL RELATIONSHIP
March 1986
  • Prime Minister of Peru visits the Kingdom
  • Establishment of Diplomatic Relations
April 2010
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs of Peru visits the Kingdom
  • Agreement for the opening of the Embassy of Peru in Riyadh
July 2012
  • Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Peru visits the Kingdom
  • Arrival of H.E. Mr. Eduardo Martinetti, as the first Peruvian Ambassador to the Kingdom
October 2012
  • Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, H.E. Dr. Nizar Madani, represents KSA in the Third ASPA Summit
  • Saudi Arabia decides to open an Embassy in Lima in 2013
July 2013
  • The first Peruvian Ambassador presents credentials to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz
September 2014
  • Peru grants its agreement for the first Saudi Ambassador in Lima, H.E. Ambassador Muneer Binjabi

Like other countries in Latin America, Peru has common cultural roots with the Arab world dating back to the sixteenth century. Over the last five hundred years Peru has preserved the legacy of Al-Andalus, combined with African, European and Asian influences that now make up the collective heritage of a multicultural and multi-ethnic society.

Peru took the initiative for the establishment of bilateral relations (1986) and for the opening of its Embassy in Riyadh (2010).  Along developing its bilateral relations with Saudi Arabia it has shown interest in establishing a sound inter-regional link on matters of common interest and concern as well as its readiness to explore and develop the economic and cooperation integration between the two countries.

Two important trials lying ahead for the development of a sustainable relationship:

  • Reciprocal political will to overcome the difficulties on the negotiation of the General Agreement of Cooperation.
  • Reciprocal interest in conducting political leadership for the Peruvian and Saudi business communities to exchange visits.

 

POLITICAL COINCIDENCES WHICH REINFORCE THE BILATERAL RELATIONSHIP

 
 
Reciprocal Support for Peruvian and Saudi candidacies:
  1. Human Rights Council, Peru period 2011-2014 and Saudi Arabia period 2014-2016. 
  2. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Peru period 2016-2018 and Saudi Arabia period 2013-2015.
  3. UN Security Council, Peru period 2018-2019 and Saudi Arabia period 2014-2015.
  4. Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Peru and Saudi Arabia for the same period 2014-2015.
  5. World Heritage Committee of UNESCO, Peru and Saudi Arabia for the same period 2013-2017.
 
Peru has followed with growing interest and has actively participated in international efforts to address regional problems in the Middle East.
  • Palestine: As a member of the "Special Committee of the UN for Palestine, Peru has maintained since 1947 a consistent and clear position on the question of Palestine, in accordance with the rules and principles of international law and the right to self-determination. In January 2011, Peru fully recognized the State of Palestine as a sovereign and independent state and, more recently, confirmed its status as a UNESCO Member State.
  • Syria: Peru has condemned "the disproportionate, indiscriminate and lethal violence" and has supported all efforts by the Secretary-General of the United Nations and all relevant resolutions of the Human Rights Council, the efforts of the Arab League and the Group of Friends of Syria of which Peru is part of.
 
ASPA as accelerator of the bilateral relationship

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is an undisputed leader in the Arab world, constantly advocating for the integration and peaceful coexistence in the Arab community of nations. These values are also shared by Peru, which has historically favored the integration and its fruitful cooperation between South America and other regions of the world.

The rapid process of opening embassies has been driven largely by the dynamics of ASPA, which opened a window of opportunity for both countries to recognize each other as regional leaders vis-a-vis their political-strategic interests. Also, by deciding to establish diplomatic missions, Peru and Saudi Arabia have fitted out a permanent path to channel the great potential of its political, cultural, economic, investment and cooperation relations.

 

 
Pillars of the bilateral relationship
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