The leaders of the United States and Ecuador consolidate the relationship between both nations. President Lenin Moreno accepted the invitation made by his counterpart, Donald Trump, to visit that nation since Wednesday, February 12, 2020.
With this, the policy of isolation promoted during correism is behind , in which international relations were based on ideological issues.
The lowest point of the relationship with the US It happened in 2011 when Rafael Correa expelled the ambassador in Quito, Heather Hodges , whom he declared “unpleasant person” for the disclosure of a confidential diplomatic cable from the Embassy on alleged corruption in the Ecuadorian Police.
The United States described the decision as “unjustified” and in reciprocity to action also expelled Ecuador’s ambassador to Washington, Luis Gallegos. That action kept the bilateral work in the freezer until the dialogue policy implemented by the Government and the fight against corruption rekindled the cooperation fuse .
In February 2018, the US Deputy Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Thomas Shannon, met with the Ecuadorian Prime Minister , with whom they agreed to expand and strengthen democratic governance .
It was followed by high-level arrivals to the country such as that of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence in June 2018, as well as that of Secretary of State Michael Pompeo in July 2019.
During the meetings, instruments have been adopted to strengthen cooperation in security , democracy , the fight against corruption and drug trafficking, development, human rights, education, biodiversity conservation, prevention and mitigation of natural disasters.
In the economic sphere, the use of the US currency inevitably links the Ecuadorian economy with the United States. “From the IMF, this country supports a program to strengthen fiscal management and enhance competitiveness, ” said the professor at the International University, Natalia Encalada Castillo.
The analyst stressed that the US It is Ecuador’s main trading partner , even despite the growing weight of trade with China.
In the political sphere, the coincidence of criteria regarding Venezuela has been expressed from both countries in their support for the interim president Juan Guaidó.
Therefore, Ecuador has assumed the challenge of retaking a link that generates opportunities in multiple areas. Now this friendly exchange will result in better opportunities for the productive and security sector; That is why the Ministers of Government, Defense, Finance, Industries and Agriculture accompany the President .
It is a new era in the country’s diplomatic relations , not only with the US, “but with all the nations with which we have common interests in the field of development and that benefit Ecuadorians,” said Ambassador Alejandro Suárez.