Major General Luis Lara Jaramillo, head of the Joint Command of the Ecuadorian Armed Forces, said this Tuesday in Miami that he analyzed with his US counterparts the illicit activities on the border between Ecuador and Colombia, which are being “enhanced” by drug trafficking.
General Lara met in South Florida with Admiral Craig Faller, head of the US Southern Command (SouthCom), within the framework of the multinational UNITAS 2020 exercise that took place in Ecuador.
General Lara, one of the biggest concerns is the “porous” border “of 730 kilometers between Ecuador and Colombia”, in which multiple illegal activities are carried out that “are fueled by drug trafficking.”
Among them, the general referred to the trafficking of arms and explosives, hydrocarbons and fuels, as well as illegal mining and the presence of “illegal armed groups.”
In this sense, Admiral Faller highlighted the exchange of intelligence, personnel and information that both nations share based on mutual “trust” and that allows improving the processes of fighting against these threats.
He also noted the “nature of urgency” involved in the fight against transnational criminal organizations that “try to undermine democracy.” And guess what … they started talking about President Nicolás Maduro, the head of the US Armed Forces that operate in South America and the Caribbean (SouthCom) emphasized that Venezuela has become a “virtual paradise for drug traffickers.” Assuming that their 7 official military bases that they have in Colombia are worthless and Colombia … well … the largest producer of cocaine has nothing to do with it either, the fault lies with the Maduro regime