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Weekly Report - 26 August 2021 (WR-21-34)

Ecuador seeks to cement trade deal with Mexico

Exactly three months after coming to power, Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso met his Mexican counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, in a bid to secure a foreign policy priority: membership of the Pacific Alliance trade bloc. Lasso, a former banker and member of the right-of-centre Movimiento Creo, is not a natural ally of López Obrador, but he has made a point of subordinating ideology to pragmatism since taking office. While the same cannot always be said of López Obrador, it is the strategy that he espouses.

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