Peru and Ecuador Strengthen Ties
Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa, center, declared that bilateral ties with neighboring Peru are at their strongest. The fraternal gesture came at a state visit to Lima in June where Correa and Peruvian President Alan García, left, signed an agreement to open a Peruvian interest section in Ecuador’s embassy in Switzerland and an Ecuadorean interest section in Peru’s embassy in Algeria. The leaders also inked agreements governing defense and transborder issues.
The agreement closes a chapter in the conflicted history of the two countries, which went to war three times in the 20th century over their Amazonian border. A final peace accord between the two countries was signed in Brasilia in 1998.