Uribe Thanks Correa For Visit To Colombian Ship In Ecuadorean Port
By Dialogo May 13, 2010Colombian president Álvaro Uribe thanked his Ecuadorean counterpart, Rafael Correa, Tuesday for the latter’s visit to the Colombian Navy ship Gloria in the port of Guayaquil, Ecuador, and judged that this act strengthens relations between the two countries. “Thank you very much, Mr. President; I’m grateful to you for it. This is something that makes us Colombians feel calm, optimistic, proud that you made this visit, and that strengthens our brotherhood with the Ecuadorean people,” Uribe told Correa in a telephone conversation, according to a press release. Uribe, who will leave office on 7 August, “celebrated” the improvement of relations with Ecuador, the statement by the presidential press office added. The Colombian president also highlighted the fact that the two countries are “engaged in mutual cooperation against terrorism” and said that he “would wish” that this were the case with “all countries.” Colombia and Ecuador began to normalize relations in November with the appointment of chargés d’affaires in Bogotá and Quito, following twenty months without diplomatic relations. President Correa broke diplomatic relations with Colombia in March 2008 in reaction to the Colombian Army’s bombardment of an encampment of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group in the country’s border region. Twenty-five people died in the attack, including the guerrilla group’s number-two leader, Raúl Reyes, an Ecuadorean, Franklin Aisalla, and four Mexicans, for which reason an Ecuadorean judge issued an arrest warrant for former Colombian defense minister and current ruling-party presidential candidate Juan Manuel Santos.