In Quito on October 19, the Secretary will meet with President Guillermo Lasso and Foreign Minister Mauricio Montalvo to continue discussions on democratic governance, counternarcotics cooperation, growing bilateral opportunities for trade and investment, advancing regional security and human rights, migration, climate ambition, and other issues that reflect the importance of the U.S.-Ecuador relationship. On October 20, the Secretary will deliver a speech on the challenges facing democracies in the region, and how we can work together to deliver for our people. Additionally, the Secretary will participate in a business event that will highlight opportunities for collaboration with small- and medium-sized businesses, including women entrepreneurs, which are the engine of job creation and sustainable economic growth.
The Secretary will then travel?to?Bogotá?from?October?20-21, where he will meet with President Iván Duque and Vice President-Foreign Minister?Marta Lucía?Ramírez?to?discuss our shared priorities, including advocating for?strong?democratic governments?throughout the region,?supporting?sustainable peace and reconciliation, tackling irregular migration,?combatting narcotics trafficking, promoting and protecting human rights, and?addressing the?climate?crisis.?? While in Bogotá, the Secretary will also co-lead a migration ministerial to address irregular migration?with our regional partners and support safe, orderly, and humane migration policies in line with each country’s immigration law, while also protecting vulnerable populations. Additionally, the Secretary will open the U.S.-Colombia High-Level Dialogue,?engage in?a conversation on democracy and human rights with youth leaders and?civic?activists, and participate in an event on tackling the climate crisis.