Quito, 7 December. The governments of Ecuador and the United States resolved on Wednesday to strengthen bilateral cooperation in matters of civil protection, defense, cyber security, combating organized crime and drug trafficking.
The commitment arose after US Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas met this afternoon with Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso at the Carondelet Palace, the seat of Quito’s government.
Mayorkas, after concluding his meeting with Lasso, appeared at a press conference to point out the “shared challenges” faced by both countries in terms of security, the fight against organized crime, irregular migration and cyber security .
The official assured that this type of challenge must be met through agreement between the countries and remarked that the Washington government’s desire is to “continue to strengthen the alliance” with Ecuador.
“We must raise our defenses against these adversarial, criminal states who want to export negative technological innovation,” Mayorkas said of the challenge of cyber security.
For this reason, Washington wants to “share what has been learned” with the aim that this technological efficiency allows Ecuador to become a “more cyber secure” country.
At his side, the Ecuadorian Interior Minister, Juan Zapata, said at the same press conference that Mayorcas, in a meeting with Lasso and other government officials, reviewed the progress of cooperation from the United States to Ecuador.
We “work as a team” with the United States on these issues of defense, security and the fight against organized crime, because this set of challenges represents a problem “of one country, hemisphere and other continents” .
For this reason, Zapata said, the cooperation that Ecuador receives is important and it seeks to strengthen it following talks with the United States Secretary of National Security.
Mayorcus’ Quito visit is the fourth by a high-ranking US authority in 2022, after First Lady Jill Biden, who had previously done so; Southern Command chief Laura Richardson; and Under Secretary for Political Affairs at the Department of State, Victoria Nuland.