Peru’s president elect Ollanta Humala in DC to meet with Hillary Clinton and White House officials
Peru’s president-elect Ollanta Humala arrived last tonight to Washington, DC, accompanied by with his wife Nadine Heredia. Humala will hold meetings today at the OAS, the U.S. Department of State and the White House.
There is a possibility that he will meet president Barack Obama.
President Ollanta Humala with his wife Nadine Heredia and Argentina’s president Cristina Fernandez (center). Humala traveled through South America after winning the historical elections on June 5th. He visited was received by the presidents of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia and Colombia. Photo Reuters.
Dozens of Peruvians showed up at National Airport in Washington, DC, to receive Ollanta Humala, including members of the Peruvian Nationalist Party of Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC, New York, New Jersey, Nebraska, Connecticut, Massachusetts and California. They carried banners, and flags of both Peru and the U.S.
Also welcoming president Humala were the ambassador of Peru to the U.S. Luis Valdivieso and his wife, the U.S. Ambassador to Peru, Rose M. Likins, Peru’s military attaches in the U.S. and members of the Peruvian Embassy and Consulate in Washington, DC. I recorded this video:
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I spoke briefly with U.S. Ambassador Rose Likins and asked her about the agenda of president Humala and a possible meeting with President Obama, the role of the U.S. Embassy in the recent Peruvian elections and its alleged support of Keiko Fujimori, and finally about the U.S. expectations for the five-year government of Ollanta Humala.
At least 70-80 Peruvians and Americans came to National Airport, they were more than expected. A group of Peruvians prepared a dance from Cusco and planned to deliver a Varayoc (Andean symbol) to Humala, but Ambassador Valdivieso President rushed him out into the street where the embassy’s limousine was waiting.
Many Peruvians ran behind the president and local Police agents tried to stop the crowd. It was a moment of chaos, but it was quickly resolved.
For Peruvians it was important to greet president Humala and his wife Nadine Heredia. Should be noted that these compatriots came from far away, and some skipped their jobs that day just to be at the airport, so they were surprised that President Humala did not stop to greet them.
Poor security. I was talking to police officers at National Airport (also known as Ronald Reagan), and they said they were surprised that no one warned them that an elected president was coming.
President Ollanta Humala and his wife Nadine Heredia are staying at the Hilton Washington hotel, where I’m writing this report. Many Peruvians came here to greet the president.
In the lobby of this hotel I see members of the political parties Gana Peru (Ollanta Humala) and Possible Peru (Alejandro Toledo) planning their “moves” to reach the President Humala, some out of admiration but some others with their own personal agendas, obviously. That’s not bad, I think it’s important to involve all Peruvians in this process. The important thing is that they are capable people, but above all they must be honest.
I’m surprised the president’s agenda is Ollanta Humala managed almost entirely by Alejandro Toledo’s party members. At least I’m relieved to see that the congressman has been representing Abugattás Nationalism, than the president himself and Nadine Heredia.
By 9:30 AM president Ollanta Humala meets at the Organization of American States (OAS) with secretary Jose M. Insulza. Then he will head to the State Department to meet with secretary Hillary Clinton and undersecretary Arturo Valenzuela.
At 1:00 PM there is a meeting of members of Humala’s Peruvian Nationalist Party living in the U.S. and Canada. It is possible that President Ollanta Humala will visit this convention to be held at St. Gregory Hotel (see map).
At 4 PM President Humala will meet at the White House with president Barack Obama’s aide for Homeland Security, Tom Donilon. As U.S. ambassador Rose Likins said, there is always the possibility that president Obama might meet president Humala. We’ll see.