Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno highlighted the meeting he held on Monday with the Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs of the United States Security Council, Mauricio Claver-Carone, with whom he also discussed economic and cooperation issues.
"With Mauricio Claver-Carone, director for Western Hemisphere Affairs of the US Security Council, we agree in support of democracy and the promotion of human rights in the Americas," Moreno wrote in his Twitter account.
"We strengthen economic relations and bi-national cooperation," the president added without giving further details.
On the other hand, the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry highlighted Moreno's appointment with the US representative, in which, he said, "the ties between both countries were strengthened and discussed issues of security and economic development."
"Today, a fruitful meeting with Mauricio Claver-Carone and Jessica Bedoya, senior officials of the US government. An extensive talk on hemispheric and bilateral issues," added the Foreign Ministry on the appointment that the Minister of Foreign Affairs held with them in turn. , José Valencia.
Claver-Carone's visit to Quito takes place a few days after Ecuador's ambassador to Washington, Francisco Carrión, announced his resignation due to discrepancies in the absence of an agreement on the anti-narcotics flights that have made US military planes on national territory since 2018 .
On January 7, through a press release, Carrión responded to a version of the private secretary of the Presidency, Juan Sebastián Roldán, who had announced that it was President Moreno who asked him to resign to strengthen trade ties with the US.
"It is strange that I am requested to resign after submitting it," Carrión added in the letter and added that he has been forced to explain the reason for his resignation.
He said that it is due to his "disagreement with the program of air surveillance flights (with the US) that has been carried out on Ecuadorian territory since September 2018 (...) without there being to date an indispensable bilateral regulatory framework for execution of these operations. "
The Government of Ecuador, on a daily basis, stressed that "the operations and surveillance procedures carried out with United States radar airplanes for the fight against drug trafficking and other illegal activities are previously authorized."
"More than thirty tons of drugs have been seized by these procedures," the Foreign Ministry explained after insisting that "all operations and procedures have been previously authorized under the general cooperation agreements between Ecuador and the United States."