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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield met with Ecuador President Guillermo Lasso at the presidential palace on Tuesday, President Lasso’s first bilateral meeting following his inauguration on Monday.
“Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield and President Lasso discussed the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Ecuadorian people and President Biden’s commitment to accelerating the equitable distribution of vaccines globally,” U.S. Mission to the UN Spokesperson Olivia Dalton said in a statement.
Dalton said Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield congratulated President Lasso on his inauguration after “a transparent, free, and fair election, and praised the Ecuadorian people for participating in the democratic process,” and commended him for his “strong commitments to fight corruption, strengthen human rights and press freedom, expand economic opportunity, and support Venezuelan refugees and migrants.”
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They also discussed a shared commitment to strengthening the bilateral relationship between the United States and Ecuador, which will strengthen the security and prosperity of people of both nations and across the region.