QUITO – Ecuador says that the resume of an anti-drug air-operation with the USA a decade after the South American country launched the AMERICAN military from an air base.
Vice-Minister of Defense Diego Gomez says an AMERICAN P3 Orion aircraft equipped with technology that can help in the detection of illegal fishing boats or vessels with drugs began test flights over Ecuador on Thursday.
The aircraft of the crew will include U.S. and Ecuadorian officers and will be authorized to use three airports in Ecuador.
From 1999 to 2009 in the U.S. operated an anti-drug air base at Manta. But when President Rafael Correa canceled the lease, saying that the AMERICAN military presence threatened Ecuador’s national sovereignty.
The relations between the two countries have improved since Lenin Moreno, a moderate, was Ecuador’s president last year.