Brussels, 31 January 2024 (TDI): Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, emphasized the imperative of enhancing security cooperation between the EU and Latin America to address challenges such as drug trafficking, while simultaneously advancing social inclusion and equality in the region during a discussion with Daniel Noboa, President of Ecuador, last week.
The discussions underscored the necessity for closer cooperation between Latin America and Europe in confronting organized crime, a significant driver of violence in the region. Fontelles stressed the importance of joint efforts in combating transnational criminal groups operating across continents.
The exchange with President Noboa Azin emphasized the EU’s commitment to supporting Ecuador’s democratic institutions in restoring public order and addressing security crises.
He advocated for intensifying security cooperation through measures such as intelligence sharing and facilitating joint operations between Ecuadorian and European security agencies.
Moreover, Fontelles underscored the need to address underlying social causes contributing to the security crisis. He emphasized that initiatives aimed at promoting equality, social inclusion, and opportunities for youth are essential to fostering long-term security and stability in the region.
Highlighting the interconnectedness of global challenges, he emphasized the EU’s aspiration to partner with Latin America and the Caribbean on environmental sustainability initiatives. He stressed the region’s pivotal role in global environmental goals, particularly in biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation.
Commitment to Partnership
Fontelles reiterated the EU’s commitment to strengthening ties with Latin America through partnership-based approaches, emphasizing mutual respect and shared objectives. He underscored the importance of inclusive governance, the rule of law, and human rights protection as foundational elements of democratic societies, essential for fostering long-term stability and prosperity.
The EU’s engagement in Latin America extends beyond economic investments, encompassing a holistic approach aimed at fostering growth, prosperity, and sustainable development while upholding fundamental democratic principles.
During the discussion, Fontelles reiterated the shared vision of living in freedom and dignity, underscoring the importance of cooperation in building and maintaining the invisible infrastructure essential for sustaining democratic societies.