MADRID Ė Spainís Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Ecuadorís President Lenin Moreno signed on Thursday an agreement to boost bilateral cooperation in police and security matters, including an increased effort to tackle international organized crime.
Sanchez, who heads the new Socialist Party (PSOE) government in Spain, welcomed Moreno to his official Moncloa Palace residence in Madrid where they had a working lunch with cabinet members from each nation.
Both leaders pledged to further boost bilateral relations in all areas, but the agreement put particular emphasis on security, police work and intelligence sharing.
Sanchez underlined how Spain had helped Ecuador tackle issues arising from drug trafficking along the Colombian border.
Both the PM and the president highlighted the continued benefits of close commercial ties Ė Spain is one of the biggest investors in the Ecuadoran market.