Peruvian President addresses upcoming U.S. trip

President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on Wednesday afternoon announced he will travel to the United States on February 23 to attend a series of events relevant to the development of Peru.

Within this framework, the Head of State will hold a meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at U.N. headquarters in New York on February 24 at 09:30 AM.

Peru's new role in Latin America is one of the main topics that will be addressed at the event. As is known, the Andean country will next year join the U.N. Security Council.

Under the U.N. Charter, the Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. It is composed of 15 Members, and each Member has one vote. According to the U.N., Member States are obligated to comply with Council decisions.

"I will talk about our [future] role for the time we [Peru] join the Security Council of the United Nations, the said international institution's top body we will be a part of for two years," the Head of State said in televised address.

"Furthermore, there will be other topics related to migration and deportation of immigrants. We need to defend our fellow citizens, so that won't happen," he added.

Likewise, Peru's accession to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will be assessed. The said organization adopts measures aimed at achieving a sustainable world.

At the center of the U.N. development system, ECOSOC conducts cutting-edge analysis, agrees on global norms and advocates for progress. Its collective solutions advance sustainable development.

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On February 24 at 3:00 PM, President Kuczynski will meet with U.S. counterpart Donald Trump at the White House.

Both leaders will address bilateral relations linked to economic growth and the strengthening of democracy across the region.

"With President Donald Trump, we are going to talk about protecting free trade in the Americas and the world. We are going to talk about political perspectives, and also about Peruvian citizens who reside in the U.S.," the President said.

He went on to add the U.S. economy comprises a relevant matter, given that the North American country is currently Peru's second-largest exports destination.

On February 25 at 09:00 AM, the Head of State will participate in the conference titled "A New Age for Latin America" to be hosted by prestigious Princeton University. As is known, Mr. Kuczynski earned a Master in Public Affairs in 1961 from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

He will also receive the James Madison medal on campus during Alumni Day activities on Saturday.

Published: 2/22/2017