Ecuador is an “ally and partner” of the United States, US adviser Christopher Dodd said on Tuesday, in a second visit by a senior official to Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso in Washington in a week.
“Ecuador is not only a friendly country, but also an ally and partner with whom we share values and goals. We will continue to work together to advance this shared agenda,” Dodd said. Presidency.
Last Wednesday, Ecuador’s ruler met with US Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas to strengthen the fight against drug trafficking, an evil that is on the rise in the South American nation.
During the meeting with Dodd, Lasso indicated that “cooperation is necessary to develop a strategy that will deliver decisive results” in the field of security, the ministry said.
Issues such as the fight against organized crime, environmental protection, migration, trade and technical assistance were also discussed at the meeting in Quito.
Ecuador, located between Colombia and Peru, the world’s biggest cocaine producer, is facing a surge in crime related to drug trafficking and drug seizures. So far this year, over 170 tonnes have been seized in the country.
The violence spills over from the streets and into prisons, where rival gangs have carried out more than a dozen bloody prison massacres since 2021, killing more than 400 inmates.
Dodd’s trip to Ecuador is part of a tour of the continent that began in Mexico. The US adviser’s next stop for the US will be Costa Rica, where he plans to meet President Rodrigo Chavez of that country.