Peruvian and Argentine foreign ministers said Tuesday that both countries decided to boost bilateral ties after Argentine President Cristina Fernandez's visit to Peru helped mend the strained ties between the two Latin American countries, Xinhua reported.
Peruvian Foreign Minister Jose Garcia Belaunde and his Argentine counterpart Jorge Taiana said both countries have "turned over the page," referring to the dispute in 1995 over Argentina's arms sale to Ecuador which had just fought a brief war with Peru.
During an interview with a local radio station, Taiana said Fernandez's visit was a milestone of the Argentine solidarity with Peru after a strong earthquake jolted southern Peru in August 2007.
Taiana stressed the need to strengthen economic and trade ties between the two countries, adding that bilateral trade tripled to 880 million U.S. dollars over the last seven years.
"We have seen bilateral investments in pharmacies, food, iron-steel industry and many other areas," Taiana said.
During Fernandez's visit to Peru, the two countries signed 13 agreements to enhance cooperation in political, economic, trade and other fields.
Meanwhile, the Peruvian Congress on Tuesday awarded Fernandez with a medal for her contribution to strengthening bilateral friendly ties.