Strong Qatar-Peru cultural ties top priority: Envoy

 22 Jul 2016 - 7:36

Strong Qatar-Peru cultural ties top priority: Envoy
Peru’s Ambassador to Qatar Julio Florian


By Raynald C Rivera

DOHA: Strengthening cultural cooperation between Qatar and Peru is a priority considering the immense distance between the two countries, says Peru’s Ambassador to Qatar Julio Florian.
“I would like to work a lot on cultural events because for me they act as bridges between two countries.
“They bring countries closer, like in the case of Qatar and Peru which are thousands of kilometres away from each other which is at least 20 hours by plane,” Florian to the Peninsula in an interview at the opening of Qhapaq Ñan exhibition at Katara on Tuesday. The exhibition showcases photos of Peruvian landscape taken along the Qhapaq Ñan road network which was inscribed in the Unesco World Heritage Site List during the committee’s 38th meeting in Doha two years ago.
The ambassador said there are plans to organise more cultural events in the future.
“We have an agreement on cultural cooperation going on. It’s a matter of sitting down and negotiating what we can do between the two countries,” he said, stressing cultural cooperation as his main priority at the moment.
“I will start with cultural cooperation then go on with political, diplomatic and economic one,” he said, adding relations between the two countries have been cordial following the establishment of the Peruvian Embassy in Doha four years ago.
“Relations between Qatar and Peru are growing steadily. We have to take into account the embassy was established in 2011 which is just four years ago. “If you go to supermarkets you will see more and more Peruvian products coming to Doha. There is also a very good investment in mining in Peru. There are lots of things we can do in the future and we are looking forward to the challenge,” he added.
He cited the official visit to Peru of Father Emir H H Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani in 2013 and Peru’s President Ollanta Humala’s visit to Qatar the following year as expression of mutual interest of both countries to further strengthen relations.
The exhibition features the vast road network built by the Incas more than 500 years ago and which still functions till today. Built between 5,000 and 6,000 metres above sea level, the 30,000km road systems runs through six South American countries — Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile.
Organised by Katara and the Peruvian Embassy, the expo runs until July 30 at Katara Building 19 Gallery 2.

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