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Ecuador to suspend construction of border wall with Peru: FM

AFP  |  Lima 

Ecuador informed Peru that it has decided to halt construction of a border wall, an issue that had inflamed tensions between the two nations.

Quito's Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa yesterday announced her government's decision to halt the controversial construction project during a visit to Peru.

"The foreign ministry of Ecuador confirms the suspension of the construction of the wall," Espinosa said in a statement.

Earlier this week, Peru recalled its ambassador from Quito to express outrage over the decision by Ecuador to press ahead with the wall despite Lima's objections.

Ecuador had planned a four-meter (13-foot) high barrier along the western side of its southern city of Huaquillas to separate it from the Peruvian town of Aguas Verdes, lying just across a river.

The issue of border walls has become especially sensitive in Latin America after US President Donald Trump promised to build a barrier along the entire southern edge of his country, to prevent undocumented immigrants from crossing over from Mexico.

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First Published: Sat, July 15 2017. 06:57 IST