Sergio de la Peña, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense of the United States, arrived in Ecuador for a two-day visit. His trip to the country includes a meeting with the Minister of Defense of Ecuador, General Oswaldo Jarrín, which was held today afternoon.
At the meeting it was expected that they would deal with the problems of Ecuador on its border with Colombia. The meeting was also attended by the US ambassador, Todd Chapman, and the president of the Council for Citizen Participation and Transitional Social Control (CPCCS-T), Julio César Trujillo, as shown on a graph shared by the US Embassy in its account on Twitter.
His arrival in the country is due, among other things, to the meeting he will hold with the Ecuadorian Minister of Defense. The appointment will be framed within the effort to expand bilateral relations and cooperation in security between the two countries.
The Deputy Secretary of the Peña is responsible for the security, defense and policy of the United States in the Southern and Northern Hemispheres, as well as for supervising the funds for defense cooperation programs for the Northern Command and the Southern Command of the U.S.
The Deputy Secretary of the Peña assumed his current position in 2017. He is a retired colonel of the US Army.
He was in service for 30 years as an Air Defense Officer and held several other positions and leadership positions.
Last March, Lieutenant General Joseph P. DiSalvo, Military Sub-commander, and Ambassador Liliana Ayalde, Foreign Policy Advisor of the Southern Command of the United States, arrived in Ecuador to meet with defense authorities, both civilian and military. (I)