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Ecuador seeks to "reset" bilateral relations with the United States.

Quito : Ecuador | Jan 19, 2012 at 3:53 AM PST
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Ecuador's President Rafael Correa

The brand ambassador Nathalie Cely said she will seek to build "bridges necessary" to improve communication. The officer took on Wednesday, afternine months with no ambassador in Washington.

"My first few months will be dedicated to just build those bridges that are very necessary for the mind and the conception of what is happening in Ecuador have a different view, based on understanding," Cely said at a news conference.

Economist's predecessor of Nathalie Cely, Luis Gallegos, was expelled in April 2011 in retaliation for an equal measure applied in Quito against the then U.S. Ambassador Heather Hodges, after the disclosure of confidential U.S. cable by Wikileaks mentioning alleged irregularities in the appointment of a police chief by the Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa.

The diplomatic impasse lasted five months, until Washington and Quito in September announced that they were preparing to appoint new ambassadors to mend relations. Obama appointed Adam Namm to occupy the embassy in Quito, but has not yet been ratified in office for the U.S. Senate.

Nathalie Cely made ​​vows for the early confirmation of Namm, and in that regard, he said that talks with U.S. lawmakers on the importance of "communication channel having a high level." "I have the hope that a relationship based on mutual respect will make our country strong and prosperous. I am committed to building a strong bilateral relationship, "said the ambassador, former Minister of Production and Competitiveness of the Correa government from 2009 to 2011.

The diplomat lamented the damage she has caused due to the lack of ambassadors. They "have affected the channels of communication" between governments, he said. "Every country has the sovereign right to have their ideas and opinions, but it is important that they are transmitted at the highest level and can be understood in proper perspective," he said.

Cely work with the Obama administration, but also with the U.S. Congress. "There are many perceptions, many misconceptions and many half-truths that have been said, others who do not know," he said.

As an example, she appointed an editorial in The Washington Post, which criticized the government of Correa for the case of the newspaper El Universo. Three officers and a former opinion editor of that newspaper were sentenced to three years in jail and $ 40 million in a libel lawsuit raised by the president.

Nathalie Cely said she sent the newspaper a letter explaining the position of her government. "It's not an issue of freedom of expression but to establish the limits of ethics in journalism," she said.

Nathalie Cely also downplayed criticism from Washington to the recent tour of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, several Latin American countries who have difficult relations with the United States, including Ecuador.

During the visit of the Iranian leader, Correa was consistent in "order to dialogue and seek a lasting peace in that region, "said Cely. "There is no problem to disagree. The problem is not understanding the other's views they do not know the complete information," he said.

The ambassador said that the Obama's credentials ceremony, was "very generous words for our resumption of relations and has deepen the same message "and send a message to Correa, who expects to see at the Summit of the Americas in April 2012 in the Colombian city of Cartagena.

The ambassador added other issues in which the emphasis will be on trade, and in the defense of Ecuadorian immigrants in this country.

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Ecuador seeks to "reset" bilateral relations with the United States
The brand ambassador Nathalie Cely said she will seek to build "bridges necessary" to improve communication. The officer took on Wednesday, afte rnine months with no ambassador in Washington.
Vicky247 is based in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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