India and Peru share a long history, which started after the arrival of the Amazonas Frigate to the coast of Kolkata in 1857. Since the start of our diplomatic relations in 1963, India and Peru have enjoyed 55 years of successful diplomatic relations.
Our bilateral relations are marked by shared values, friendship, cultural affinity and growing people-to-people contacts. We are both cradles of civilization, multi-cultural societies and highly diverse countries.
Expanding beyond political exchanges, our ties cover a wide range of areas, which include trade, cooperation, culture, science and technology, defence, among others. Work in these areas is reviewed bi-annually at the meetings of the Peru-India Joint Commission, which was first held in June 2017 in Lima, Peru.
A bilateral trade agreement covering trade in goods, services and investment is currently under negotiations with its third round being held in New Delhi in December 2018. This agreement has a strong potential to boost trade between our countries. Many other international instruments in other areas of bilateral engagement are currently under negotiation.
India and Peru have a long history of high-level visits, which has peaked in recent years. In 2018, three such events took place. Peru received the official visit of the Vice President of India, Shri Venkaiah Naidu, in May. The Minister of Energy and Mines of Peru, Mr. Francisco Ísmodes, visited India in October to participate in the ISA General Assembly. Finally, the Director General for Asia and Oceania of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru, Amb. Elard Escala, visited India in December.
Our countries also cooperate closely in multilateral platforms. Peru supports India’s aspiration for permanent membership in a reformed and expanded United Nations Security Council. We are partners in many issues of the global agenda and champion a number of common causes.
Peru is a founding member of the International Solar Alliance (ISA). After the inaugural ISA meet in October 2018, countries welcomed Peru’s proposal to host the next major event - “ISA-Peru LAC Renewable Energy Meet and Expo – SUNWORLD 2019” in November 2019. Both countries signed a cooperation agreement for the organisation of the event in December 2018.
India has expressed its desire to engage more closely with the Pacific Alliance, of which Peru is a member, particularly with respect to trade facilitation, investment, and to examine prospects of Alliance-wide arrangements.
The Peru–India Parliamentary Friendship League (2016–2021) was set up on August 2016 with Mr. Roy Ventura Angel as the President, Mr. Rolando Reátegui Flores as the Vice President and Mr. Guillermo Martorell Sobero as the Secretary. Vice President Naidu met with the President of the Congress of Peru and the Friendship League during his recent visit to Peru in 2018.