As he set on an official visit to Peru and Cuba, Ansari noted India's long association with Cuba on the Non-Aligned Movement and the Third World fronts but expressed surprise that there were so few high-level bilateral visits.
"They have certain niche areas of competence which are of relevance to us . They have done some excellent work in sports medicines, general areas of medicine, bio technology, in numerable things but I am also waiting to educate myself on these things. This is broadly the agenda," he said.
Speaking to reporters on board his special aircraft, Ansari said Peru's economy and its natural resources made it a lucrative economic partner.
"Peru on the west coast of South America, is increasingly a major factor in global economy, I think it is somewhere 5th or 6th in terms of its GDP growth rates and other things, and an important source of minerals, something that we are looking at very closely," he said.
The Vice President also said that other countries in South America such as Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela were huge economies, and there was need for increased engagement.
--IBNS (Posted on 26-10-2013)