U.S. and Ecuadorian delegations today concluded the second plenary session of the U.S - Ecuador Bilateral Dialogue in Washington, DC. The dialogue entailed a full day of discussions on topics of common interest under four broad themes – security, migration, trade, as well as a range of issues around investments, and cooperation and technical assistance. Under these four pillars, the two delegations agreed to develop a constructive agenda for the benefit of their people. The delegations discussed an array of topics, including those upon which there were differences of opinion, and committed to work to find common solutions in an environment of mutual respect.
The range of issues discussed highlighted the depth and breadth of bilateral relations between the United States and Ecuador. The meeting followed a day of technical discussions between the two delegations on November 9, hosted by the Office of the United States Trade Representative, under the auspices of the U.S.-Ecuador Trade and Investment Council (TIC). It was the first such meeting since the creation of the TIC 11 years ago.
Ecuadorian Undersecretary for Bilateral Affairs Jorge Orbe led his country’s delegation, while Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Thomas Shannon headed the U.S. team. Both delegation heads directed working groups to follow up on the matters discussed during the plenary session – with the aim of strengthening ties and identifying areas of potential cooperation. The first plenary session of the Bilateral Dialogue took place in Quito, Ecuador, in November 2008.
The participants stressed the importance of a constructive process that includes regular exchanges at future meetings of the Bilateral Dialogue.