The Government of the United States has maintained diplomatic relations with Peru since 1826; nevertheless, it was not until 1920 when the Congress of the United States raised its representation to Embassy level. Since then, the Embassy in Lima is the center for all diplomatic and consular activities in Peru.
The Embassy of the United States in Peru is one of the largest and most important diplomatic missions in the country. Its goal is to deepen ties of cooperation and understanding between the two nations, through the strengthening of bilateral relations, the promotion of commercial exchange, and also through economic and cultural activities.
The Government of the United States has been working closely in cooperation with the Government of Peru on the resolution of problems of mutual interest:
- Promote Socially Inclusive Economic Growth
- Strengthening of democratic institutions
- Respect for human rights
- Reduction in the production and trafficking of illicit narcotics
- Free trade
- Assistance to alleviate poverty
- Hemispheric integration
Likewise, the Embassy seeks to promote better understanding of the United States, its society, its government and its political patterns, through information and cultural programs that reach all of Peruvian society.
Through the programs of the United States Agency for International Development, the Embassy is providing economic assistance to promote democratic values in Peruvian society, reduce poverty, promote alternatives to narcotics production, and improve the quality of life of the poor and the disenfranchised.
The following government agencies function at the Embassy:
- Department of State
- Defense Attaché Office (DAO)
- Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
- Military Assistance and Advisory Group (MAAG)
- Foreign Commercial Service (FCS)
- Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS)
- Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
- The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)