Onboard Air India One, Oct 26: The Vice President, Hamid Ansari, who embarked on a three nation visit on Friday, said India is looking closely at the rich mineral deposits in Peru.
“Peru, on the west coast of South America, increasingly is a major factor in global economy-I think it is somewhere 5th or 6th in terms of its GDP (Gross Domestic Product), growth rate and other things, and an important source of minerals, something that we are looking at very closely,” Ansari said.
Vice President Hamid Ansari is on an official visit to Peru, Cuba and the United Kingdom from Oct er 25 to November 2.
Vice President Ansari’s visits to Peru and Cuba will be the first ever Indian visit at the vice presidential level.
The Vice President will be in Peru from Oct er 26 to Oct er 29, and is expected to hold a comprehensive dialogue with his counterpart Marisol Espinoza Cruz.
Vice President Ansari is also scheduled to meet with the Peru Foreign Minister and Minister for Foreign Trade and Tourism.
Vice President Ansari will also call on President Ollanta Humala during his time in Peru.
Ansari’s visit coincides with the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Peru, and he is scheduled to inaugurate the Cultural Festival of India in Lima to commemorate the historic event.
India and Peru enjoy warm and friendly ties, which are characterised by the exchange of regular visits and supported by economic interests.
The Vice President will be in Cuba on 29th and 30th of Oct er, during which he will hold wide-ranging bilateral talks with his counterpart Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez.
During his visit to Cuba, Ansari is also scheduled to call on President of Cuba Raul Castro on Oct er 30.
Ansari is also expected to inaugurate a Cultural Festival of India in Havana during the visit.
India and Cuba enjoy historical and cordial relations as founding members of NAM. They maintain close contacts on issues of common interest. Their bilateral relations are characterised by active cooperation in the field of Energy, Biotechnology and Sports. OVL has an active presence in the Cuban EEZ.
In the last leg of his tour, Ansari will be visiting the United Kingdom to deliver a public lecture at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies on November 1 with the theme “Identity and Citizenship”.
The Minister of State for Human Resource Development Jitin Prasada, four Members of Parliament, senior officials and media will accompany Vice President Ansari on his three-nation visit. (ANI)