|President Correa chats with David Rockefeller Institute's students in Boston - Photo by Miguel Angel Romero|
President Correa's visit to the Unites States this week also includes a two-day trip to New York City where he will talk to Spanish-language media reporters, and will offer individual interviews to various English-language media outlets like the Boston Globe. Mr. Correa will also have TV appearances at PBS with Charlie Rose and MSNBC's All In With Chris Hayes.
The President will also meet with members of the Ecuadorian community living in the New York area at a cultural show to be held at LaGuardia Community College in Queens. On Saturday, Mr. Correa will broadcast live the weekly public address, "Enlace Ciudadano", at the New York Hall of Science in Queens.
President Correa's visit to the U.S. is in response to invitations by Harvard and Yale universities. Mr. Correa will speak at the John F. Kennedy Center at Harvard University ("Development as Political Process: the Ecuadorian Dream"), and in the Luce Hall at Yale University.
According to the university's press secretary the event is being held "with the intention of strengthening opportunities for bilateral cooperation between academic institutions in U.S. and flagship initiatives in Ecuador".
President Correa will also meet with the president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Rafael Reif and other university officials.
This is President Correa's first public visit to the United States since September of 2011, where he also broadcasted his weekly public address from Queens College.
The tense relationship between Correa and the Ecuadorian press, as well as Ecuador's relationship with Belarus, are among the reasons why Barack Obama's administration have distanced themselves from the Latin American country.
President Correa is currently one of the most popular leaders of the Americas, with over 75% approval rating according to recent international polls.
In Ecuador's 2013 presidential elections, Rafael Correa's ticket won overwhelmingly within Ecuadorian immigrants around the globe, including the United States and Canada with a 63% of the vote. Ecuadorian registered voters living overseas can vote in presidential and parliamentary elections.
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