The government of Peru today received from Panamá the chair of the process of the Summits of the Americas, that the Andean country will host in 2018, in a ceremony held at the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS).
Upon transferring the chair today to the Permanent Representative of Peru to the OAS, Luis Chuquihuara, the Permanent Representative of Panama, Jesus Sierra, reiterated the historic character of the Summit in 2015 in Panama City, where "for the first time all the heads of State of the 35 countries of the Americas spoke together with absolute frankness; and where the leaders of countries that had held differences for more than 50 years came together." Ambassador Sierra also offered the full support of Panama to Peru in hosting the next Summit.
For his part, the Ambassador of Peru expressed the "commitment, responsibility and challenge" of his country upon assuming the chair of the Summits process and said that Peru is ready for the task. Chuquihuara also thanked the OAS for its support in the organization of the VIII Summit, and highlighted the "commendable job of Panamá” in seeking consensus that will map the road to the Lima Summit in 2018.
The Assistant Secretary General of the OAS, Nestor Mendez, reiterated the support of the OAS to Peru in the next Summit and said that, although significant time remains before the presidential meeting, the Andean country already can count on the "willingness of the OAS to ensure that the VIII Summit of the Americas is a success."