U.S. VP Pence and Moreno agree on most issues but agree to disagree on Venezuela

During a Thursday morning meeting at the Presidential Palace in Quito, U.S. Vice President Michael Pence and Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno agreed on a wide range of topics, including the fight against illegal drug trafficking, rooting out corruption and establishing new bi-lateral trade agreements. On Pence’s top issue, the isolation of Venezuela, the two leaders were unable to reach agreement. Following the meeting, Pence announced a $1.5 million gift to help Ecuador fight corruption and to strengthen the rights of civil society. In addition, he said the U.S. Congress is considering an appropriation of $3.5 million to support anti-drug initiatives…

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