The Ecuadorian president, Lenin Moreno, arrived in the Colombian city of Pereira, in the center of the country, to head today with his counterpart Juan Manuel Santos the Sixth Colombia-Ecuador Binational Cabinet.
Upon his arrival at the Matecaña International Airport, Moreno was received by the Colombian Foreign Minister, María Ángela Holguín, and the Minister of Defense, Luis Carlos Villegas.
In the air terminal were also present the ambassador of Colombia in Quito, Fernando Alzate, and the Ecuadorian ambassador in Bogotá, Rafael Paredes.
The delegation of regional authorities was chaired by Sigifredo Salazar Osorio, governor of the department of Risaralda, of which Pereira is the capital, and the local mayor, Juan Pablo Gallo Maya. This is the second time that Lenin Moreno visits Colombia, after the trip he made on May 8, 2017 as president-elect.
At the meeting tomorrow in Pereira, located in the so-called Colombian Coffee Axis, the fulfillment of the bilateral commitments will be verified and new binational programs will also be agreed upon in areas such as judicial cooperation, commercial exchange, border issues, environment and social affairs, and cultural
The close relations between Colombia and Ecuador are reflected in the realization of five Binational Cabinets chaired by both presidents in the presence of their ministers.
The binational cabinets, which began in 2012, constitute the highest level instances for the definition and coordination of public policies of both countries.
The previous meetings were held in the Ecuadorian cities of Tulcán, Rioverde and Guayaquil, while in Colombia they were held in Ipiales, Cali and now Pereira.
The Sixth Cabinet Colombia-Ecuador will be the first in which Moreno participates as president of his country and the last of Juan Manuel Santos, who will leave power in August this year. (I)