Politics 04-12-2018

Presidents of Ecuador and Colombia will make a binational cabinet

With the aim of promoting cooperation in various areas, the Ecuadorian President, Lenin Moreno, and his Colombian counterpart, Iván Duque, will lead on December 4, in Quito, the seventh binational cabinet.

"Both presidents will head the VII Binational Cabinet, which will be installed with the purpose of giving continuity and follow-up to the agreements established in the last seven years to generate new cooperation actions," the National Communication Secretariat said on Monday.

Prior to the opening of the plenary meeting of the binational cabinet, Presidents Moreno and Duque will have a private meeting at the Palacio de Carondelet.

According to official information, the binational meeting will address issues of security and defense, infrastructure and connectivity; in addition to border, environmental, social, cultural, economic and commercial issues.

Among the results obtained from the agreements of the previous cabinet, the creation of mechanisms of mutual confidence in security and defense, the consolidation of the Binational Committee of Statistical Information (CBIES) as an instance of construction and evaluation of security strategies and progress in the execution of the Binational Border Security Plan.

It is expected that after midday on Tuesday the presidential declaration, the plan of action and other instruments agreed during the cabinet will be signed.

The VII Binational Cabinet was to be held in February 2019; however, the foreign ministers of both countries, José Valencia and Holmes Trujillo, agreed to advance the meeting three months in order to give continuity and follow-up to the agreements previously established.


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