The Associated Press story on the signing ceremony for the U.S.-Peru Free Trade Agreement with President Bush and Peru’s President Alan Garcia.
Now, looking forward:
Standing at Bush’s side, Garcia gave the president’s message a boost.
In a rare move for a visiting leader, he made the case on behalf of his neighbors. Noting that relations between Washington and Latin America have been “plagued by misunderstandings” recently, he said expanded trade with his country and others around it like Colombia and Panama offers “a crucial opportunity” to turn things around.
“Today, I think, begins a new era,” he said. “It’s a bad day for authoritarianism and those who are against the democracy and free trade.”
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