Moreno, Duque discuss border security
President Lenin Moreno met Monday with in Bogota with new Colombian President Ecuadorian Ivan Duque, who is inaugurated this morning. The focus of the discussion, according to Moreno, was the “scourge” of drug trafficking in the border region of Ecuador and Colombia. Duque pledged to continue the security measures installed by outgoing President Juan Manuel Santos and said he is considering adding new measures to combat the violence.
“In the near future, we will be discussing commercial, security, educational and telecommunications issues with our Ecuadorian counterparts,” Duque said.
Forest fires burn near Gualaceo
Firefighters battled wildfires Sunday and Monday in the Gualaceo canton and said the fire danger is high due to a lack of rain. The largest fires were in the communities of Jadán and Chaquilcay, both of which had been contained by Monday night. Smaller fires have been reported in Cuenca and Sigsig.
Judge orders Brazilian border closed to Venezuelans
A Brazilian federal judge ordered the suspension entry of Venezuelans into Brazil on Sunday, saying that the country is not prepared to handle the large influx of refugees. The order applies to the region near the city of Boa Vista. “The government is not able to handle the large numbers of foreigners entering the country,” said Judge Helder Girao Barreto. “We must improve our capacity for humanitarian reception in the region. Officials in Boa Vista, population 300,000, have appealed to the government for assistance as more than 25,000 Venezuelans have moved into the city.