Ecuador: Drugs

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 7th March 2023.

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Photo of Fabian Hamilton Fabian Hamilton Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has had discussions with his Ecuadorian counterpart on tackling illegal drug trafficking.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK is committed to supporting Ecuador in its fight against drug trafficking and organised crime and to disrupt the supply chains that feed European and UK markets. Their fight against drug trafficking is also our fight. We have been working closely with Ecuadorean partners in tackling international organised crime since 2012. I [Minister Rutley] visited Ecuador in January where I held discussions with my Ecuadorean ministerial counterparts on the threat from serious organised crime and saw for myself some of the cooperation between HMG and the Ecuadorean authorities in the fight against the drugs trade.

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