U.S. Army General Laura Richardson, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Counternarcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Christopher Landberg, are part of the U.S. delegation that will visit the country.
Quito, January 21, 2024. Special Presidential Advisor for the Americas Christopher Dodd will lead a U.S. Government delegation that will visit Ecuador between January 22 and 25. The delegation, comprised of the Commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), Army General Laura Richardson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Counternarcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Christopher Landberg, along with his other civilian and military officials, will visit Ecuador to listen and consider options to accelerate bilateral security cooperation and discuss collaborative approaches to confront the threats posed by transnational criminal organizations.
The agenda of the U.S. delegation to Ecuador includes meetings with President Daniel Noboa; his Ministers of Defense, Government, Foreign Affairs and Economy and Finance; senior law enforcement and justice sector officials; as well as representatives of civil society at the forefront of the fight against corruption.
This will be the second visit of Presidential Advisor Dodd and General Richardson to Ecuador. General Richardson will also meet with men and women serving in the Ecuadorian Armed Forces during events to be held at various commands, units and facilities in the country.
Security cooperation between the United States and Ecuador focuses on shared objectives and interests, including collaboration and information sharing to combat transnational criminal organizations, bilateral and multinational capacity building exercises, and humanitarian assistance missions. Other bilateral engagements include exchanges of experiences, conferences and training events on disaster preparedness, cyber defense, space cooperation, maritime security, aviation, human rights, communications and logistics.