The nine degrees Celsius of winter temperature in Washington DC contrasted with the warm welcome that Donald Trump offered to President Lenin Moreno , who officially visits the United States for the first time.
At 2:30 p.m., the US president left through the main entrance of the White House , located at 1,600 on Pennsylvania Avenue.
President Trump was followed by his wife, Melania Trump , through the neoclassical green door .
Both received smiles to get off the black car to President Lenin Moreno and his wife Rocío González.
Then they invited them to pass and crossed the red carpet at the entrance to the interior hall, where the Ecuadorian president signed the book of illustrious guests invited to the White House.
Then they went out again to greet the press and continued to the Oval Room, where the work teams of both heads of state were waiting for the planned meeting.
At the meeting, President Trump told his counterpart – staring at him – that he is a person who has a great reputation.
He also stated that he is interested in signing with Ecuador a commercial agreement equal to that signed with Mexico and Canada and in contributing to the purchase of military equipment.
Moreno, meanwhile, mentioned that the country has gone through difficult times, especially with regard to international relations. “That is why we are now approaching those who think the same to us.”
The secretary of the Presidency , Juan Sebastián Roldán, said after the meeting that the meeting was a success because all the points raised were specified.
He stressed that in the oval office of President Trump were also Vice President Mike Pence ; Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ; the main advisers and other senior officials with whom four issues related to employment, security, education and the fight against corruption were discussed.
The official clarified that now international relations are being made with our natural partners, with those whom we sell and buy the most, with nations such as the United States that also houses the largest number of Ecuadorian migrants.
“Trump has realized the weight of Latin America”
The internationalist Carlos Estarellas explains that the meeting of Lenin Moreno with his partner Donald Trump is a historical fact. First, because the United States is an important trading partner of Ecuador.
In addition, he said that the fact that the US president is working on his re-election is relevant and has realized the importance of Latin America. “He has touched other countries, but not Latin America, because he realizes that in a reelection the Latino vote in the United States is very important.”
Estarellas emphasizes that the bilateral appointment is relevant because there are many Ecuadorians living in the United States. In addition because there are many issues to be discussed such as commercial, immigration, extradition , drug trafficking.
He believes that they will address problems in the region such as the migratory wave in Venezuela. (OR)
Agreements to generate employment
Ecuador enters the América Crece program
Ecuador joined the regional America Crece initiative to boost US investments . towards infrastructure projects in the country, which include sectors such as telecommunications, roads, ports and airports , which will affect the labor increase.
Both countries will work together with the primary objective of attracting the necessary private investment in the mentioned sectors and thus achieve the country’s growth and development objectives. For this, the collaboration will focus on the identification of legal, regulatory, institutional and market barriers , and thus propose solutions, viable and sustainable projects over time. (I)
Cooperation in education
Teachers in the country will be trained in the US
Ecuador will receive 200 American teachers who will train 9,000 teachers in the English language. In this way it is expected that, in the next two years, the number of foreign teachers will rise to 1,000 and that more than 14,000 national teachers will enter the training program .
The details of the plan will be discussed over the next few weeks with bilateral delegations from the educational area, who will determine the requirements, as well as the possibility of academic exchange.
This agreement will also result in a better preparation of students from tax centers across the nation in that language.
Security System Support
Cops will train with elite forces
Another achievement of President Lenín Moreno’s visit was the cooperation to train 500 police officers in 2020 on various security issues.
Every two weeks we will have Ecuadorian uniforms training in different US centers .
A Criminal Intelligence Center will also be created , with the support, technology and knowledge and advice of US agencies. This also includes the transfer of technology and specialized cybersecurity equipment.
Additionally, the collaboration and coordination of offshore operations will continue to detect drug trafficking with the participation of P3 and Awac airplanes . (I)
Fight against corruption
Creation of Binational Special Unit
The authorities of both countries signed an agreement for the creation of the Special Unit to Fight Corruption and Money Laundering.
The General State Prosecutor’s Office, the Asset Laundering Unit and the National Government will participate in this agreement as a counterpart to the agencies.
In this way, direct bridges of collaboration and information exchange will be established in the investigation and location of capital diverted to tax havens, the product of illegal acts.
For the United States Government, the fight against corruption “is a priority,” said the country’s ambassador to Ecuador, Mike Fitzpatrick.