Ecuador has agreed to the return of the U.S. Agency for International Development, which has been kicked out of the country four years ago under leftist former President Rafael Correa.

Foreign Minister José Valencia and U.S. Ambassador Mark Green signed the memorandum of agreement on Wednesday setting terms of the deal. The U.S. agency initially is offering Ecuador $30 million to help it cope with migrants fleeing Venezuela’s political and economic crisis.

Valencia said the “special connection” with the U.S. is an expression of President Lenin Moreno’s policies.

Mark Green, USAID Administrator, and Ecuador's Foreign Minister Jose Valencia, stand during a signing ceremony in Quito, Ecuador, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Mark Green, USAID Administrator, and Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Jose Valencia, stand during a signing ceremony in Quito, Ecuador, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

Moreno has aligned the South American nation more closely with the U.S. since taking office in 2017. He’s been feuding with Correa, who had prickly relations with the U.S. and expelled USAID in 2014.

Mark Green, USAID administrator, talks after a signing ceremony, in Quito, Ecuador, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Mark Green, USAID administrator, talks after a signing ceremony, in Quito, Ecuador, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Soccer star Antonio Valencia poses for a photo after a ceremony in which the fullback was decorated with a National Order of Merit, in Quito, Ecuador, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Soccer star Antonio Valencia poses for a photo after a ceremony in which the fullback was decorated with a National Order of Merit, in Quito, Ecuador, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

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