U.S. Embassy Quito, Ecuador
The United States Colombia’s independence from Spain in 1822 when it formed a part of the Colombian federation. Ecuador withdrew from the Colombian federation in 1830 and received U.S. recognition as a separate state in 1832. The United States and Ecuador share a history of partnership and cooperation, and have mutual interests in combating narcotics-trafficking, reducing poverty, fostering Ecuador’s economic development, increasing trade, promoting academic exchanges, and addressing environmental conservation and biodiversity. The protection of American citizens and U.S. interests remains a top mission priority. U.S.-Ecuador relations have been strained at times over the past decade, most notably when the Ecuadorian Government declared the then-U.S. Ambassador persona non-grata in 2011 in response to the alleged confidential cables released by WikiLeaks, bilateral engagement between the United States and Ecuador has steadily increased in recent years. Recently, diplomatic relations have warmed with ambassadors returning. U.S. assistance in Ecuador, though limited since USAID departed Quito in 2014, is designed to strengthen the rule of law and civil society, improve citizen security, counter illicit trafficking, combat gender based violence, promote academic exchanges, conserve biodiversity, mitigate risk and impact of natural disasters, and address climate change. Ecuador shares U.S. concern over narco-trafficking and the activities of illegal armed groups. The government has maintained Ecuador virtually free of coca production since the mid-1980s, and is working with U.S. support to combat money laundering and the transshipment of drugs and chemicals essential to the processing of cocaine. Ecuador also gives priority to combating child labor and trafficking in persons. Today, the U.S. embassy is in Quito. There is also a U.S. Consulate General in Guayaquil. For more information on our relationship with Ecuador, please click here.
United States Department of State, Office of the Historian and Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.