Minister of State Kent Congratulates People of Ecuador on Bicentennial of First Call for Independence

No. 219 - August 10, 2009 (5 p.m. EDT) The Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas), today extended Canada’s congratulations to the people of Ecuador as they mark the bicentennial of their country’s First Call for Independence.

“Ecuador has a rich cultural history that celebrates the diversity of its people,” said Minister of State Kent. “It is filled with vibrant and beautiful natural scenery and is home to four UNESCO world heritage sites. Canada values its relations with Ecuador, and we look forward to expanding our relationship through trade, investment and dialogue.

“Our common interests are reflected in joint commercial activities, such as mining, and Canada is proud to be a partner the construction of the New Quito International Airport.”

This year’s celebrations coincide with the inauguration of Rafael Correa as president of Ecuador. Canada will be represented at the ceremony by James Lunney, Member of Parliament for Nanaimo-Alberni.

For more information about Canada-Ecuador relations, please consult Canada - Ecuador Relations and Ecuador.

For details on the New Quito International Airport project, please consult CCC’s Contribution to the New Quito International Airport.

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