In 1853, thirty-two years after the proclamation of the independence by General Jose de San Martin, Portugal and Peru established diplomatic relations by signing in Washington a Treaty of Commerce and Navigation. On November 15, 1945, a few months after the surrender of Germany in World War II, the first Portuguese Plenipotentiary Minister residing in Lima, António José Alves Júnior, presented his credentials to the President of the Republic of Peru. Since then, the Portuguese ambassadors accredited to this country have succeeded each other, without interregna. It is a great pleasure and an honor for me to be the current representative of this long lineage, having presented my credentials to President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on January 31st, 2018.
Like my predecessors in the post, I will do everything to deepen and strengthen the already excellent relations between the two countries, both politically and in the economic and cultural spheres, while naturally giving due support to the resident Portuguese community or to nationals who are passing through this region. It is an endless work to which I hope to make my modest contribution.
Putting the bilateral relationship at a higher level is the intended goal, as it would be expected.
I count on everyone's help.
Afonso Henriques de Azeredo Malheiro
Ambassador of Portugal in Peru