United States Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorcas offered Ecuador more cooperation and information sharing on Friday to combat organized crime, one of the problems facing the government of President Guillermo Lasso.
Lasso has urged permanent cooperation from the United States and European countries to combat the growing power of the cartels and organized crime, which has manifested in violent riots and massacres inside the country’s main state prisons, where criminal Gangs fight over drug routes and territories. Smuggling.
Last year, Ecuador became the third country in the world with the most drug seizures, mainly cocaine, with 210 tonnes seized. By the beginning of December this year, the police had seized 180.5 tonnes.
On his Twitter account, Mayorkas said that in the meeting with Lasso they discussed opportunities to strengthen the bilateral alliance. “Our partnership and friendship is based on shared values and a commitment to enhance the security of our democracies.”
Institutional strengthening of law enforcement and regional migration management were other topics discussed during the bilateral meeting.
In a little over a year and a half in office, the Ecuadorian president has also met with the first lady of the United States, the head of the Southern Command and other military chiefs, and the Under Secretary for Political Affairs of the State Department.
Mayorkas will continue on his journey to Colombia.