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Ecuador: U.S. treatment of Ecuadorian president "ignorant"
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10:32, November 28, 2007

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Ecuador's Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa told media on Tuesday that the discourteous treatment President Rafael Correa received at Miami airport was a sign of the United States's ignorance and arrogance.

"The U.S. failed to respect the fundamental principle of immunity of jurisdiction for a head of state, according to which simply showing his identification would mean he is given the respectful and appropriate treatment that is his due," Espinosa said.

"Administrative procedures do not preclude the obligation to recognize heads' of state immunity. There is no apology or justification," Espinosa said.

Espinosa ruled out that the problem had been caused by other problems. However, she said the accident won't damage the country's relations with the United States.

The minister also recalled maltreatment Ecuador's vice president Lenin Moreno received in Atlanta and New York airports in March, saying "they dragged him out of his wheelchair and shamed him publicly."

Moreno has been in a wheelchair since the 1990s after suffering a gunshot injury during an armed robbery.


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