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Source: Republic of Colombia

Photo: Nicolás Galeano – Presidency.

• The Heads of State led from Bogotá and Quito, virtually, the meeting of their ministerial teams, to review the progress in the seven integration axes defined in that integration mechanism that meets every year in 2012.

• The President of Ecuador, Lenín Moreno, wished President Duque success in the pro tempore presidency of Prosur and the Pacific Alliance, which he will assume in a few weeks.

Bogotá (Nov. 26/20). Colombia and Ecuador are preparing the reopening of the border points, closed by the pandemic, declared this Thursday President Iván Duque Márquez, who met with the President of the neighboring country, Lenín Moreno, in the IX Binational Cabinet, to review the bilateral exchange .

The Heads of State led from Bogotá and Quito, in a virtual way, the meeting of their ministerial teams, to examine the progress in the seven integration axes defined in this working mechanism that has met every year since 2012.

“We are in a process of gradual and progressive reopening and thinking about the welfare of our peoples at the border points, having security protocols as a central element and avoiding crowds,” said the President.

President Duque highlighted “the brotherhood that exists between our two countries, which we have been deepening and strengthening in an increasingly constructive and coordinated relationship.”

In that sense, he highlighted the coordination between the two border nations to face the covid-19 pandemic.

“Today we can say that thanks to the coordination that has existed we have had response tools,” he said.

The Colombian Head of State indicated that the mechanism of the binational cabinets has reaffirmed the role of the two countries in multilateral organizations such as the Organization of American States (OAS), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Andean Community (CAN ), whose pro tempore presidency has been held by Colombia since last July.

He recalled that in a few weeks he will assume the pro tempore presidency of Prosur and the Pacific Alliance, and reiterated that he will work for the entry of Ecuador to this group founded by Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.

During the IX Binational Cabinet, progress in the commitments adopted at the previous meeting, which was in Cali in November of last year, was reviewed in the seven areas of work: Security and defense, Infrastructure and connectivity, Border Affairs, Environmental Affairs, social and cultural affairs, economic and commercial affairs, and the Binational Plan for the Border Integration Zone.

Fight against drugs

President Duque declared that in this Binational Cabinet “the aspects of cooperation in defense matters have been deepened, where the lines of operational action have been strengthened, sharing intelligence information and breaking up criminal structures that are hitting the two countries.”

He celebrated the results of international campaigns on drug seizures and cartel dismantling.

Track delivery

In terms of roads, President Duque said that he hopes to be soon with President Lenín Moreno at the inauguration of the La Espriella-Río Mataje road section, together with the Border Service Center, which will serve residents of both nations.

The La Espiella-Río Mataje road section is located near Tumaco, has a length of around 19 kilometers and includes several bridges and viaducts. The conditions of the area, on the Mira river and others, force the transfer of vehicles by ferries.

Likewise, President Duque applauded the coordination in trade matters and said that he trusts that imports and exports between one country and another will increase, and that more work will be done on tourism and creative industries.

For his part, the Ecuadorian Head of State stated that “our challenge is to turn our border into a pole of economic and social development.”

Lenín Moreno wished President Duque success in the pro tempore presidency of Prosur and the Pacific Alliance.

“You have our unrestricted support for the benefit of regional integration,” he said.

Taken from the page of the Presidency of the Republic of Colombia.

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