Peru, U.S. Presidents to discuss immigration and investments

Lima, Feb. 16. As part of his visit to the United States next week, Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski will discuss migration affairs and investment promotion with U.S. counterpart Donald Trump, Prime Minister Fernando Zavala informed on Thursday.

In this sense, the Cabinet Chief stressed the importance of safeguarding the interests of Peruvians residing in the U.S. in light of its new immigration policy. 

"Protecting the Peruvian community based in the United States is one point of the agenda. We need to discuss migration issues, since we don't want this immigration policy to affect our fellow nationals," he said. 

On the other hand, Zavala assured the visit —scheduled for February 23-27— will be paramount to the future of the country given its potential benefits. 

In addition, agenda topics will include the protection of Peruvian investments, bilateral trade and the countries' FTA, which has proved beneficial for both parties. 

Mr. Kuczynski's presence in the U.S. will also serve to further strengthen bilateral ties and cooperation in security, defense and the fight against drug-trafficking. 

The Peruvian statesman will be the fifth leader to meet with President Trump and the first from Latin America. The U.S. President has so far met with representatives from the United Kingdom, Israel, Japan and Canada.

Mr. Kuczynski will also request the United States' support to join the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

During his stay in the U.S. the top official will participate in a conference at Princeton University. In this sense, he will talk about challenges and investments in Peru, thus promoting investments in the Andean nation. 

The 78-year-old will also take the opportunity to invite Mr. Trump to the Summit of the Americas, to be hosted by the Inca nation in 2018. 

Lastly, the Prime Minister said the extradition of former President Alejandro Toledo —currently a fugitive from justice thought to be in the U.S.— will not be addressed.

Remarks were made during a Congress session to address the trip request by the Executive Branch.