The former president was in Honduras to present the “good practices” of his administration. The Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry said that he is a fugitive from justice.
A diplomatic note of protest was sent by the Ecuadorian government to its Honduran counterpart, who received former President Rafael Correa to advise them on the “good practices” that he applied during the ten years of his government.
On March 29th, the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry sent this diplomatic note to the Honduran Embassy, in which it conveyed “its strongest protest for the aforementioned invitation to former President Rafael Correa, a fugitive from Ecuadorian justice, and on whom a sentence of conviction to eight years in prison for the crime of aggravated bribery” in the 2012-2016 Bribery case.
The Palacio de Najas expressed its consideration to the Central American country that “prevention and the fight against corruption constitute an imperative and responsibility of all States,” and in this sense it hopes that in relations between the two governments “cooperation prevails against this scourge” that compromises the development of peoples and the rule of law.
Xiomara Castro, the president of Honduras, received Rafael Correa last Wednesday with the aim of “exchanging experiences and good practices that he had in his government,” especially in the economic field, the foreign minister of that country, Eduardo Enrique Reina, reported.
In an official communication, Reina had added that Correa is a “friend of the Honduran people” and was in the “difficult moments during the coup d’état” of June 2009 against former President Manuel Zelaya, husband of the current president.
The Honduran foreign minister noted that this visit was due to the success that Correa had in his mandate, so his “recommendations and knowledge are a priority” for his country.
“His experience as president of Ecuador for 10 years, plus his studies in economics and development, are the elements that support him to advise Latin American governments that are looking for an option for their growth,” said the official Honduran letter.
A publication by the Honduran Press Secretary also highlighted Correa’s presence in that country “in another example of the interest of international personalities in learning about the government plan of the first woman president of Honduras.”
Upon learning of Ecuador’s diplomatic note, former President Correa exposed it on his Twitter account and rejected its content.
“The height of the ridiculous! Note of ‘protest’ from the Ecuadorian Government for my visit to Honduras, and, furthermore, it seems to be written by a Villavicencio or a Llori. Don’t they understand that NO ONE believes them? SCOUNDS!” (sic).
In the meetings that Correa held in that country, he had expressed “that the problems of Honduras are 95% similar to those of Ecuador when he took office in 2007.” Furthermore, that “the raison d’être of public power is the common good and the government of President Xiomara Castro is willing to govern based on the common good,” according to tweets published by the Honduran Government Press Secretary.