Journalist from The Journey, The Reform, Associated Press, Newsweek in Spanish, and Reuters, interviewed Minister Patiño, who, upon the inquiries of the press, clarified that in Ecuador exists complete freedom of expression.
In the setting of theses interviews in the Mexican capital, Minister Patiño reiterated the country´s rejection to the arbitral verdict of the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) that obligates Ecuador to deliver $1,796.6 million plus interest to the US Oil Company OXY, for considering the resolution of the body attached to the World Bank as unjust, illegal, illegitimate and absurd.
Minister Patiño emphasized that the foreign investment in important for the country, under clear norms and respecting the citizens rights.
In addition, he highlighted the progressive politics of Mexico as an important fact in the consolidation of the Latin American integration. In that sense, he mentioned the importance of strengthening the regional blocks with the purpose of allowing the commercial, cultural, social and road development of the Latin American nations.
Later on, minister Patiño shared with the Ecuadorian community in Mexico, who gathered up in the Association of Ecuadorians who reside in Mexico. (ECUARMEX).
During his intervention in front of the fellow citizen’s residents in the Aztec territory, he spoke about the importance that the Ecuadorian immigrants have for the country, and expressed his desire for achieving the soon return of those compatriots.
“We would love for them to return, and we are preparing Ecuador for that, making of it a country with more equity, more organized, with more justice and bigger opportunities”, he assured.
The President of ECUARMEX, Ana Suárez, mentioned that this meeting seeked to strengthen the fraternity bonds of the Ecuadorians residents in Mexico. Likewise she reiterated her availability for working jointly with the Government to safeguard the rights and welfare of the Ecuadorian community who lives or transits Mexico.
PRESS RELEASE No. 1347