Commander of the Southern Command (Southcom) of the United States Admiral Craig S. Faller began an official visit to participate in security discussions in Ecuador Tuesday.
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Faller is scheduled to meet with the Minister of Defense of Ecuador, General Oswaldo Jarrin as “part of the effort to expand bilateral relations and cooperation in security matters.”
According to a release from the U.S. embassy in Ecuador, the military personnel and his entourage are in the South American country to “advance the interest of both countries in stability and peace in the hemisphere.”
Bilateral military cooperation between the United States and Ecuador has strengthened by several high-level visits, including a visit from hospital ship USNS COMFORT and reopening of the U.S. military cooperation office in Ecuador, the statement declared.
The U.S. embassy added that Faller’s visit also “reaffirms the commitment of both nations in the fight against drug trafficking and support for humanitarian assistance in natural disasters.”
Earlier this year, in late January, the Southcom chief undertook a week-long visit to Central America - Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador - where he met with regional leaders to hold similar discussions and reiterate partnerships with their security forces.
On this trip, Faller is joined by former U.S. Ambassador to Brazil and Civil Subcommander and Advisor Politics of the Southern Command, Liliana Ayalde; Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Western Hemisphere, Sergio de la Peña; and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Anti-Narcotics and Global Threats, Thomas Alexander.
Faller, who is in charge of military cooperation for Latin America, is the highest ranked military official to visit Ecuador since 2011.