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Embassy of Ecuador in Washington, D.C. Issues Response to U.S. Senators’ Letter to President Correa

It is disappointing that a small group of U.S. Senators have chosen to publicly misrepresent the actions and policies of the Republic of Ecuador, especially after the Embassy has engaged in ongoing direct communications with these same officials in order to share further information on the issues they raised in their letter.

As we have informed this small group of Senators, the move by USAID to halt operations in Ecuador was a unilateral decision by USAID, not the Government of Ecuador. We value constructive cooperation with the U.S. that contributes to the development of our country, such as the cooperation being established during the President’s visit to the U.S. this week. We welcome future dialogue in this respect.

Additionally, the legal and political issues referenced in the letter have been reviewed and processed by an independent judiciary, consistent with national and international law. Political opposition is welcome and encouraged in our Ecuador, and we encourage the Senators to read the hundreds of Ecuadorian newspapers to discover the colorful diversity of views that are freely expressed every day. We value diversity of opinion as part of our healthy, robust democracy; we cannot countenance the intentional dissemination of lies.

Finally, regarding the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights, Ecuador is one of many countries calling for increasing the effectiveness of rapporteurs for women, children, indigenous people, and others in order to strengthen the system.

It is disappointing and disingenuous that these facts were not shared or referenced in today’s letter. The Embassy of Ecuador remains open to continuing these conversations with all representatives of the Senate, and we recognize that these 8 Senators do not represent the opinions of the entire U.S. government or the American people.

As President Correa visits the U.S. this week, we are excited by the many new opportunities for education exchange, technology transfer, and increased trade and investment that are being discussed. We and many others recognize the mutual benefits of such cooperation for our countries.