Remarks With Peruvian President of the Council of Ministers Salomon Lerner Ghitis Before Their Meeting

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
October 25, 2011

SECRETARY CLINTON: I am delighted to welcome Prime Minister Lerner here for further consultations and discussions between our government and the new government in Peru. We are very grateful for a strong bilateral relationship that we wish to strengthen and broaden, and also for the role that Peru is playing in the region and beyond. President Obama will welcome President Humala to Hawaii for the APEC Summit next month. And so I look forward to our discussions, Prime Minister.

PRIME MINISTER LERNER: (Via interpreter) I thank you so much for this visit and for your very warm welcome on behalf of President Humala, as well as on behalf of my entire delegation. We recognize the importance of the political relationship with the United States, and we will make every effort possible in order to broaden this relationship in every aspect, politically, in terms of trade, investment. And we thank you for all the discussions that we have had on a very wide range of topics in pursuit of this goal.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you, Prime Minister. Thank you all very much.

PRN: 2011/1800