On April 14, Ambassador Todd Chapman presented his credentials to Ecuadorian Vice President Jorge Glas in a morning ceremony at Palacio de Carondolet. The formal act took place in the Presidents’ Room.
After the credentialing ceremony concluded, the Ambassador issued the following statement:
I am delighted to have this opportunity to meet with Vice President Glas and to express the U.S. government’s sincere interest in advancing the deep, historic relationship between the United States and Ecuador.
Over the past several months, I have had the opportunity to meet with Ecuadorians across many sectors of society and to begin to travel across Ecuador. As I have immersed myself in this exciting task, I have witnessed profound opportunities to work together and broaden our bilateral partnership. I see opportunities to unlock greater prosperity in both countries by building upon our tremendously important commercial and economic relationship; opportunities to create greater academic and professional opportunities for youth through education and exchanges; opportunities to strengthen the rich people-to-people ties that connect our two nations through ever-increasing two-way travel, tourism, and cultural programs that reinforce our shared values; and opportunities to construct more safer, more vibrant communities through our deep security cooperation.
I am committed to paving this path forward through mutual respect and equal partnership, and I look forward to working hand-in-hand with the Ecuadorian government and people to chart this important course forward on our many issues of common interest.
Ambassador Chapman arrived in Ecuador on January 29, 2016. His complete bio.