Ecuador, Peru to expand joint projects in border region

13:54, June 29, 2011      

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Ecuador's President Rafael Correa and visiting Peru's President-elect Ollanta Humala discussed joint projects in their border region here Tuesday.

The projects, scheduled to start in 2013, aim to expand the land available for agriculture, the Ecuadorian president office said in a statement.

Peruvian President-elect Humala said Peru's northernmost area and Ecuador's southernmost area "require development through an expansion of the agricultural projects in the shared border region. He also said the two countries will work hard to achieve a strong integration between people on both sides of the borders.

The two leaders also discussed a security agreement to fight organized crime and contraband cross-border trade, the statement said.

"We are going through the best moment of the bilateral relations and it has to be continued," Correa told Humala in a welcome address prior to the meeting.

Correa congratulated Humala on his triumph in Peru's June 5 presidential election.

During Humala's one-day visit to Ecuador, he will also meet with Maria Mejia, secretary general of the Quito-based Union of South American Nations and former foreign minister of Colombia.

Humala plans to visit Colombia on Tuesday evening as part of a regional tour that also includes Venezuela. He will take office from Peru's incumbent President Alan Garcia on July 28.

Source: Xinhua
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