Chancellor José Valencia met in Washington with the secretary of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, and his North American counterpart,Michael Pompeo, with whom he spoke of the Venezuelan immigration crisis and the trade agreement with the United States.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility, in separate statements,stressed that the meetings have also addressed other issues of interest to Ecuador, the United States and the entire American continent.
The main topic discussed by the foreign minister and the secretary of the OAS were the conclusions of the second technical meeting on the Venezuelan migration crisis that took place last week in Quito, and in which the Plan of Action of the Quito on the human mobility of the citizens of the Venezuelan country.
The minister highlighted the importance of regional coordination to improve the situation, as well as “the efforts made by several countries, including Ecuador, to welcome Venezuelan citizens and promote their economic and social integration.”
Valencia also dealt with Almagro issues related to the “process ofre-institutio nalization in Ecuador, the frontal fight against corruption undertaken by the National Government, the guarantee and promotion of human rights in the country, as well as on the next sectional elections that will take place under the authority of the National Electoral Council, “reads astatement.
For his part, the meeting with Michael Pompeo highlighted “the successful completion of the meeting of the Committee for Trade and Investment (TIC),which took place on November 15 and 16.
According to Valencia, this meeting with the North American Secretary of State “was developed in a climate of understanding and friendship, which reflects the excellent moment in which the relations between the two countries go through.”
Fruit of the agreements reached after the visit of Vice President Michael Pence to Ecuador, last June, both countries expect to organize the first meeting of the Bilateral Broad Dialogue Mechanism in the next few weeks, “the statement said.
The ICT meetings were suspended nine years ago due to the estrangement with the United States from former president Rafael Correa, more identified with the Bolivarian countries of the region and contrary to free trade agreements in order to protect national production 1.
Last June, the vice president of the United States, Michael Pence, visited Ecuador being “the highest official of the White House in 30 years” in doing so, according to Pence himself, to address issues such as security , migration,combat against drug trafficking or ways to enhance the commercial relation shipbetween the two countries. (I)