US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will address Wednesday in Ecuador about what the Department of State calls “the challenges facing democracy in the region.”
The State Department said Blinken’s speech emphasized how “comprehensive and responsive democratic institutions” could implement economic policies that emphasized “comprehensive growth and environmental protection.”
In addition to democratic and human rights issues, another major focus of Blinken’s travel is migration, and in Bogotá he will co-lead a meeting with foreign ministers from the region on humanitarian migration policies.
Blinken spoke with Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Mauricio Montalbot on Tuesday, saying the migration “is challenging everyone in the hemisphere.” This includes Ecuador, where thousands of Venezuelans have settled in recent years.
“Tomorrow, the Foreign Minister and I will go to Colombia, where we will discuss with most of our colleagues in the hemisphere what we need now. It is a true regional and collaborative approach that shares responsibility. “Blinken told reporters.
While Blinken was heading to Ecuador, President Guillermo Lasso declared a 60-day state of emergency to crack down on drug crimes.
The two met on Tuesday and Blinken said Lasso had assured him that the Ecuadorian government would support democratic values such as acting in accordance with the national constitution.
“We also talked about the drug trafficking challenge here in Ecuador and the exceptional steps taken to deal with the violence and crime that accompany it,” Blinken told reporters. “And we know that in democracy, in exceptional circumstances, we may need to take steps to deal with the emergencies and emergencies that Ecuador is currently experiencing.”
Blinken also praised Ecuador’s vaccination campaign against COVID-19.
Some information in this report is from The Associated Press, Agence France-Presse and Reuters.
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