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Ecuador, Belarus pledge defense cooperation

 Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko waves as he arrives to the government palace for a meeting with Ecuador's President Rafael Correa in Quito, E...
 Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, left, and Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko greet people from a government palace balcony in Quito, Ecuador,...
 Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino, left, shakes hands with Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko as he arrives to the government palace for...

Ecuador Belarus

Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko waves as he arrives to the government palace for a meeting with Ecuador's President Rafael Correa in Quito, E...

Ecuador Belarus

Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, left, and Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko greet people from a government palace balcony in Quito, Ecuador,...

Ecuador Belarus

Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino, left, shakes hands with Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko as he arrives to the government palace for...

Ecuador's defense minister says the South American nation has signed a preliminary defense cooperation agreement with Belarus to explore closer ties including exchanging military officials.
The signing came during a visit Thursday by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, who has been broadly condemned for rights violations and alleged vote fraud in power in the eastern European nation that he has ruled for 18 years.
Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa told reporters Belarus is important for its technological advances and commitment to socialism.
He and Lukashenko also signed agreements on trade, education, agriculture and the exchange of diplomats.
Lukashenko's two-day visit followed stops in Cuba and Venezuela.


Updated : 2021-02-28 22:04 GMT+08:00