Official: Ecuador to receive US arms, military supplies

QUITO – Ecuador, says the United States is sending weapons and military equipment to strengthen the security in a further sign that frosty relations between the two countries are thawing.

Defence Minister Oswaldo Jarrin said Thursday in Quito, saying the supplies are part of a joint safety.

It follows a June visit of the US Vice-President Mike Pence, which is agreed with Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno to improve relations.

The relations were strained under former President Rafael Correa.

Pence urged Moreno to hold a firm line against neighbouring President Nicolas Maduro in the middle of Venezuela’s economic and political crisis.

Jarrin said Ecuador’s new military equipment will include weapons, radars and six helicopters, but he gave no further details.

The collaboration follows the recent attack by the Colombian guerillas, killing four soldiers and three journalists.

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