BY SHRI K.R. NARAYANAN, PRESIDENT OF INDIA, WHILE ACCEPTING
CREDENTIALS FROM MR. LUIS RODOMIRO HERNANDEZ-ORTIZ AMBASSADOR-DESIGNATE
OF THE REPUBLIC PERU TO INDIA
NEW DELHI, AUGUST 3,
It gives me great pleasure
in accepting Your Excellency's Letter of Credence as Ambassador Extraordinary
and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Peru to India, and in extending to
Your Excellency a warm welcome to my country.
Relations between India
and Peru have traditionally been marked by friendship and understanding.
Our two countries have cooperated with each other both bilaterally and at
various multilateral fora. It is a matter of great satisfaction that both
our countries are keen on cementing and diversifying our existing cooperative
relationship. I have no doubt that Peru and India can assist each other
in a variety of ways to make our participation in the world market effective
and to ensure that the benefits from the advances in science and technology
are equitably distributed among our citizens.
Excellency, you are assuming
your charge at a historic moment since it virtually coincides with the assumption
of charge by the new government in Peru. H.E. President Alberto Fujimori
has been a dear friend and we all fondly remember his state visit to India
in May 1997. I myself was delighted to visit your beautiful country in April-May
1998 and reinforce my acquaintance with H.E. President Fujimori. During
the visit my wife and I were particularly touched by the warm welcome accorded
to us and to our delegation by the friendly people of Peru. The two visits
led to the signing of wide-ranging cooperation agreements between our countries
and I sincerely hope that the two governments would continue to build on
the understandings reached through these agreements.
Excellency, my government
recognizes that globalisation is emerging as a major determinant in international
relations. We can no longer claim that geographical distance keeps us apart,
when economic globalisation is making us more and more interdependent. In
this context, Peru and India need to work in concert to advance our mutual
bilateral, regional and multilateral interests. While much has been achieved,
clearly much still remains to be done. We have obvious and shared interests
as developing countries; it is accordingly necessary to maintain a regular
dialogue on issues such as the WTO, UN reforms, environmental issues, drug-trafficking
I take this opportunity,
Excellency, to assure you of my government's full cooperation in the discharge
of your duties in India. Your keen personal interest in my country's rich
cultural heritage and your expressed commitment to promote our bilateral
ties, augur well for the future of Indo-Peruvian relations.
I wish Your Excellency
all the success and personal happiness during your tenure here. I would
also like to avail of this opportunity to convey through you to H.E. President
Alberto Fujimori my most cordial greetings and my very best wishes for the
progress and prosperity of the people of Peru.