Human mobility, trade and security were the issues addressed yesterday by the US undersecretary of State with national authorities. Authorities of nine public entities met yesterday in the capital with the US undersecretary of State, Tom Shannon. In the morning hours started this long day behind closed doors and without access to the press. Shannon arrived in Quito on Sunday night. Yesterday, the US Ambassador participated. in Ecuador, Todd Chapman, and his counterpart in North America, Francisco Carrión.
The American Embassy reported that these meetings seek to “further expand the economic, security and human mobility” between the two countries. In addition, officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade, Industries, Natural Resources, Agriculture, Tourism, the Ministry of the Interior, Defense and the Technical Secretariat for Comprehensive Drug Prevention of Ecuador participated. “Commercial dialogue with the US is strengthened,” the Ministry of Foreign Trade’s Twitter account reported yesterday.
But other issues also emerged as defense and judicial cooperation, mainly to manage the extraditions requested by Ecuador to the US, which total 66. Today Shannon will continue with its official activities in the country. In the morning he plans, for example, to meet with the chief executive, Lenin Moreno, at the Carondelet Palace.
At the meeting it is planned to discuss the broad collaboration in areas of mutual interest, such as human mobility. Basically, the situation of Ecuadorian migrants in the United States will be analyzed. In addition, tourism, security and national defense will be discussed.
In addition, he will hold meetings with assembly members. Shannon, who occupies one of the high positions in the North American Government, at the beginning of month announced its decision to leave the portfolio of Exteriors soon.
After his tour of the country, which ends today, the Undersecretary will travel to Bogotá, where he will meet with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Vice President Óscar Naranjo.
He will also hold a meeting with the foreign minister of the neighboring country, María Ángela Holguín. For March 2 will be in Chile, where he will meet with President Michelle Bachelet and Foreign Minister Heraldo Muñoz. There he will discuss issues of security and democratic governments. (I)