The President met with the US Undersecretary of State, Tom Shannon. Both nations seek to refresh bilateral relations. Ecuador and the USA They agreed to strengthen, once again, bilateral relations in all areas, such as trade, security, cultural and educational exchange, and human mobility.
That was one of the conclusions that came after the journey of the US undersecretary of State, Tom Shannon, in Ecuador. Yesterday, the President of the Republic, Lenin Moreno, received him at the Carondelet Palace.
There he reminded him that there are several issues that are on the agenda of the country. These include “bilateral relations and agreements, human mobility, culture, education, trade, combat drug trafficking and the defense of human rights and democracy.” One of the issues that was also addressed was the situation in Venezuela. Shannon thanked Ecuador for abstaining in the vote on the treatment of elections in that country, in the Permanent Council of the OAS.
He said that such a decision is a “strong message” to Venezuela about “the need to find a way to present reliable elections, where the Venezuelan people and the Venezuelan opposition can participate.”
He clarified that “Ecuador will have an important role in the next steps that we must take in the OAS on Venezuela.” Francisco Carrión, ambassador of Ecuador in the US, clarified that the country looks with “enormous concern” on the situation in Venezuela. However, he clarified that the position on that country is clear and is the same: the situation must be settled internally through dialogue, in a peaceful manner and without foreign interference. Both countries also talked about a possible trade agreement.
For this, the first step will be the organization of a meeting of the Investment and Trade Council, to delineate the structure on a possible bilateral trade and investment treaty. “There is a direction in the commercial issue,” Shannon said.
In addition, the North American country showed its willingness to collaborate in the fight against terrorism and drug trafficking. For example, the need to collaborate in technical assistance on internal security was raised. Previously the official met with the holder of the Assembly, José Serrano, with whom he analyzed the possibility of an exchange of information and to contribute to the technology to fight against the criminal structures. (I)