Ecuador strengthens ties with the United States: Antony Blinken spoke with President-elect Guillermo Lasso and confirmed that relations are getting stronger.
The US Secretary of State reported that the dialogue was focused on "restoring democracy in Venezuela and creating a safer region for the benefit of all."
The head of US diplomacy, Antony Blinken, spoke by telephone on Friday with Ecuador's President-elect Guillermo Lasso, congratulating him on his victory in the April 11 ballot.
Our relationship with Ecuador is strong and stable. I am pleased to speak with President-elect Guillermo Lasso on how we can work together to strengthen our economies, restore democracy in Venezuela and create a safe region for the benefit of all.
Blinken inscribed on his Twitter account about the conversation.
In a statement issued Friday, the State Department noted that during the talks, Blinken thanked Ecuador for receiving hundreds of thousands of Venezuelan immigrants and reiterated US support for their assistance.
The two pledged to work with partners to restore democracy in Venezuela, and Secretary Blinken praised Ecuador for welcoming more than 430,000 Venezuelan immigrants while reiterating the United States. The United States has reaffirmed its commitment to help meet the growing humanitarian needs.
The US Secretary of State, in a statement issued on April 13, expressed his interest in working with Lasso, who will assume office on May 24, to strengthen bilateral ties.
On Friday, he reiterated the United States' commitment to cooperate with Ecuador to revitalize both economies in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic.
The Secretary and President-elect exchanged views on strengthening the already vibrant cooperative relationship between the United States and Ecuador, according to the State Department in Trade and Investment, Governance Security, Counter-Narcotics, Human Rights, and Regional Affairs.
Lasso, a 65-year-old former banker, prevailed in the second round against left-wing economist Andrés Arauz, the dolphin of former socialist president Rafael Correa (2007-2017).
The United States and Ecuador had rigid relations during the Decade of True Government. But incumbent present President Lenin Moreno, a former ally of Correa, changed his predecessor's foreign policy as he approached Washington.
Lasso, who like Moreno and the United States government, is unaware of Nicolás Maduro's mandate in Venezuela because he considers his re-election to be fraudulent and promised to regularize the migratory situation of Venezuelans in Ecuador for "humanitarian reasons."
No doubt, this means more pressure on Ecuador's economy at a time when there are no jobs for Ecuadorians, but we will appeal for international financial assistance after its victory; he announced that he would finance regular and inclusive projects in the economy.
According to UN figures, there are 5.4 million Venezuelan migrants and refugees globally, of which less than half have documents.
Similarly, the head of US diplomacy expressed Washington's commitment to maintaining bilateral cooperation to revitalize its economies after the pandemic.
On April 13, the United States government showed its urge to work with Lasso and its vice president, Alfredo Borrero, following its inauguration on May 24 following an election victory.