August 15, 2023
President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. received the letter of credence of Her Excellency Cecilia Zunilda Galarreta Bazan, Non-Resident Ambassador-Designate of the Republic of Peru to the Philippines, during the presentation of credentials in Malacañan Palace.
In presenting her credentials, Ambassador-Designate Bazan conveyed the warm wishes of happiness, peace and prosperity to the Chief Executive and the Filipino people by President Dina Boluarte of Peru.
She shared the excitement of commemorating the 50th anniversary of formal diplomatic relations between the two countries in 2024 that coincides with Peru’s hosting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting in November. The Peruvian envoy looks forward to receiving President Marcos Jr. and the Philippine delegation in her country next year, noting the similarities in culture between the two nations — the closest one culturally with Peru, according to her, among all countries in Southeast Asia.
Ambassador-Designate Bazan noted the thriving trade relations between the Philippines and Peru, as well as hopes to further deepen cooperation in areas of mutual interest.
For his part, President Marcos Jr. warmly welcomed the Peruvian envoy to the country, citing his optimism on the plans relayed by Ambassador-Designate Bazan to strengthening ties between the two nations.
The Chief Executive expressed his appreciation for the gracious invitation extended to him to participate in the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Peru next year, saying “that will be a very good step for the strengthening and deepening of the relations between what might be regarded as very, very distant countries but in fact are connected by the Pacific Ocean.”
Apart from the Philippines, the Peruvian Ambassador-Designate also represents her country as a resident envoy to Thailand.
The Philippines and Peru established formal diplomatic relations on November 30, 1974.
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