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Friday, August 10, 2007

Ecuador and Venezuela undersign agreements on energetic security

Quito, Aug 08 (ABN via Mathaba).- The Ambassador of Venezuela to Ecuador, Oscar Navas Tortolero, confirmed this Wednesday the signing of three energetic agreements as part of the official visit of the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez Frías, to this country.

The energetic security treaty was already reached jointly as well as the agreement to build a refinery at the Ecuadorian province Manaví and another for the exploitation of mature fields, he explained.

He pointed out that the President will be received by the President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, after his arrival in the Air Base Mariscal Sucre in Quito.

Navas Tortolero underscored the integration advance between both nations. He named the case of the internationalization of the social program Misión Milagro (Miracle Mission, providing ophthalmology care) that has done 26 trips from Ecuador to Venezuela to benefit, until now, 2 thousand 500 people.

Likewise, it is expected to open an administrative office of the Venezuelan Development Bank (Bandes- Spanish acronym) in Quito, among other concrete issues in the integration process between both nations.

The I Mixed High Level Meeting between Ecuador and Venezuela took place last February 7th in Quito. It was led by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Commerce, and Integration of Ecuador, María Fernanda Espinoza, and her Venezuelan counterpart, Nicolás Maduro.

During this meeting issues of the bilateral agenda were checked as well as the identification of cooperation and exchange projects, and the verification of the advances of previous undersigned agreements.

After the starting meeting, delegations of each country were divided into technical sub-committees that were in charge of specific areas of discussion on energy, cooperation, telecommunications, health, agriculture, commerce and industry, tourism and culture, disaster assistance, labor issues, and education.

Translated by Ernesto Aguilera

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