QUITO – The presidents of Ecuador and Peru inaugurated on Friday the 12th Binational Cabinet against the backdrop of the 20th anniversary of an agreement that resolved a long-running border dispute between the Andean neighbors.
Ecuador’s Lenin Moreno told reporters at the presidential palace that the regular meetings of ministers from both governments promote the exchange of ideas and solutions to “shared problems.”
Returning to a theme he sounded Thursday night during a ceremony marking the two decades since the signing of the peace accord, the Ecuadorian president said that bilateral cooperation is aimed at fostering development for millions of people, especially those who live along the shared border.
The success of bilateral initiatives in areas such as trade, health, scientific research and social inclusion has been possible thanks to the role played by the Binational Cabinet in monitoring the progress of those programs, Moreno said.
Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra agreed with Moreno that the previous Binational Cabinets “have contributed to the advancement” of bilateral ties, while adding that “much remains to be done.”
Hailing the “20 years of peace and of these meetings,” Vizcarra called for the 2018 edition to “mark a change to start setting deadlines for fulfilling commitments and to provide definitive solutions to problems.”