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13:34 ASPA Summit to consolidate partnership between South American-Arab countries
 
Lima, Oct. 01 (ANDINA). The Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of South American and Arab Countries (ASPA) seeks to "consolidate friendship, understanding and partnership" between the two regions, Peruvian Foreign Minister Rafael Roncagliolo said at the opening of the Meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the ASPA Summit.
3rd ASPA Summit in Lima. Photo: ANDINA/Carlos Lezama.
3rd ASPA Summit in Lima. Photo: ANDINA/Carlos Lezama.
On behalf of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur), whose rotating presidency is currently held by Peru, Roncagliolo said the bloc is committed to strengthening political dialogue and bi-regional cooperation with the Arab world. 

"The Peruvian government gives the highest priority to this objective," he added.

Roncagliolo stressed that at the foreign ministers' meeting held last week in New York, the countries of both regions reached broad consensus on the content of the Declaration of Lima. 

He said the document, which addresses various aspects of the relationship in the future, will be signed today by the heads of State and Government.

In his opening remarks, Roncagliolo welcomed his counterparts in the Arab and South American countries, and stressed the importance of the Forum.

"The Government of Peru is honored to welcome you at this third summit aimed at consolidating friendship, understanding and partnership between Arab and South American countries," he said in his opening speech.

The ASPA foreign ministers participated in the official group photo after the first session of the Council of Foreign Ministers, in which they discussed the final aspects of the Declaration of Lima, which will be adopted today. 

The ceremony was held outside the Ministry of Culture, venue of the Summit.

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Date: 01/10/2012
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