Colombian and Ecuadorean Presidents Reinforce Links Towards Border Development

By Dialogo
December 13, 2012

The Colombian and Ecuadorean presidents, Juan Manuel Santos and Rafael Correa, respectively, met in the border town of Tulcan (Ecuador) on December 11 to strengthen bilateral relations, by means of signing eight cooperation agreements, and to analyze security and defense concerns.

The heads of state met at the Polytechnic State University of Tulcan to enhance development plans on the bi-national border of 720 km between the Pacific and the Amazon.

In this context and in the presence of Santos and Correa, who ratified a joint declaration, the two countries signed ministerial agreements for health, security, social security, education, science and technology, among others.

“We have 180 years of diplomatic relations, and we are in one of our best moments,” expressed the Colombian president at the closure of the meeting, adding that the initiative of meeting his counterpart “is a great way to bring the two countries together.”

Santos also added that “we are going to encourage more commerce” of Ecuador to Colombia, and he highlighted that “we have ignored our borders for 200 years, and we have decided that this is a mistake that we should amend by means of cooperation and good relations.”

Correa stated that the Tulcan meeting “has been a historical, successful day.” “Long live Colombia, long live Ecuador,” he added.

Both heads of state are promoting links between their countries after the diplomatic crisis that emerged following a Colombian military attack on an illegal camp of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in Ecuadorean territory on March 1, 2008, by which Ecuador broke off diplomatic relations with Colombia.