Peru's president to discuss free trade, migration with Trump

LIMA, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski will discuss the free-trade agreement (FTA), immigration and investments with U.S. President Donald Trump during a state visit to Washington next week.

Peru's Prime Minister, Fernando Zavala, told a press conference Thursday that Kuczynski's trip to the U.S. (Feb. 23-27) would be important in strengthening ties between the two countries.

Zavala added that the FTA between the two countries, in place since Feb. 1, 2009, has been beneficial for both sides and that it must be protected to continue driving bilateral trade.

The prime minister added that the two leaders would also address bilateral cooperation on security, defense and the fight against drug trafficking.

According to Zavala, Kuczynski will also address the plight of thousands of Peruvian migrants living in the U.S. while talking to Trump.

Finally, the Peruvian leader will seek the joint promotion of bilateral investments, with Peru-U.S. investments dropping in recent years.

Kuczynski will also take the opportunity to formally invite Trump to attend the Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru, in March 2018.

The trip will make Kuczynski the first Latin American leader to meet Trump, and the fifth overall, since the new American president took power on Jan. 20.