The president of Bolivia, Evo Morales will arrive on Monday the 22nd of July to Quito, Ecuador to meet on Tuesday with his Ecuadorian counterpart, Rafael Correa. They will sign agreements and exchange tributes and expressions of solidarity, official sources said today (http://www.telegrafo.com.ec/actualidad/item/llegada-de-evo-morales-a-ecuador-esta-prevista-para-las-22-00-de-manana.html).
According to notice by the Foreign Ministry, Morales will arrive at 11:00 EST Monday at the Mariscal Sucre Airport in Quito.
According to the agenda, which is subject to change, Morales will participate on Tuesday in a ceremony to lay a wreath in honor of the heroes of the emancipation of America at the “Independence Square”, directly opposite the presidential palace.
The Bolivian president will then receive the “keys to the city” as mayor of Quito and later participate in a private meeting with Correa at the Carondelet Palace, the executive seat.
Shortly after 12:00 noon on Tuesday, the two are expected to sign agreements and a hold a press conference, the statement said. The press conference will detail the scope of the two country’s agreements.
The Ecuadorian embassy in La Paz said that this will be the first official bilateral visit between Correa and Morales and they will sign agreements on health, sports and heritage advocacy.
An “act in solidarity” with Morales will be held Tuesday evening at the National Theatre of the House of Ecuadorian Culture in Quito.
Last Thursday, Foreign Minister of Ecuador, Ricardo Patiño, met with four Bolivian diplomats he had called to have consultations on the blocking of Morales’s plane access to European airspaces by several European nations that took place July 2 last.
Diplomats said the Foreign Ministry was called to provide “accurate information” about the incident when, according to the Bolivian government, France, Italy and Portugal refused to air traffic the aircraft of President Morales on suspicion he had traveling aboard the ex-technic, Edward Snowden of the CIA.
Morales, who had to spend 13 hours in Vienna waiting for a new flight plan included Spain in the complaint because, as reported, the Spanish ambassador in Austria, Alberto Carnero, wanted to check their tickets to see if Snowden traveling or not with him.
Correa was one of the first leaders in solidarity with Morales for the incident suffered by his aircraft and Correa attended a meeting in Cochabamba with the leaders of four other nations to support Morales.
Bolivia and Ecuador, which make up the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), are also part of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA). EFE