U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who sits on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, continues to support a resolution from U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-NJ, recognizing the “restoration and advancement of economic relations, security, and development opportunities” between the U.S. and Ecuador.
The resolution is also being backed by U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin, D-Mary., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Jim Risch, R-Idaho.
Menendez first brought out the resolution last summer and Rubio and other supporters explained why they were backing it.
“As our hemisphere continues to face threats from undemocratic regimes who undermine democracy, human rights, and the rule of law, I’m proud to join this bipartisan resolution that reaffirms the long-standing commitment to our bilateral relationship with Ecuador,” Rubio said at the end of last week. “Under the Moreno administration, Ecuador has renewed and advanced our important regional alliance through economic and security initiatives.”
“Over the past three years, there has been a unique opportunity to improve the bilateral relationship between the United States and Ecuador—a relationship that was marked by unfortunate tensions in the decade prior,” Menendez said. “I’m proud to introduce this resolution recognizing the restoration and advancement of the bilateral relationship as it relates to economic, security and development opportunities. My home state of New Jersey has a vibrant Ecuadorian community and I’m committed to continue working with President Moreno and the Ecuadorian government to address the challenges our nations face.”
“President Moreno’s government has taken significant steps to promote democratic values and to improve the economic and security conditions in Ecuador,” Risch said. “As Ecuadorians continue to experience the negative effects of regional instability provoked by the Maduro regime in Venezuela and China’s debt diplomacy, I am glad to introduce this resolution to reaffirm and strengthen our bilateral relationship with Ecuador. By working together, we will be able to create a more secure and prosperous future for our nations.”
“The introduction of this historic, bipartisan resolution is a symbol of the renewed strength of the U.S.-Ecuador relationship,” Kaine said. “I commend President Moreno’s efforts to bolster democratic institutions in Ecuador and look forward to supporting the continued growth of this important bilateral relationship.”
Menendez reintroduced the resolution which reaffirms the “commitment to the historic partnership between the United States and Ecuador; and recognizes President Lenin Moreno and his administration for recommitting Ecuador to democratic values, anti-corruption efforts, and the adoption of economic policies that will benefit the people of Ecuador.”
The resolution was sent to the Foreign Relations Committee last week.
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