EFEQuito

OPEC Secretary General Mohammed Barkindo met here Thursday with Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa and Foreign Minister Guillaume Long.

The Nigerian, who was appointed in August, is visiting member-states of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries ahead of a Nov. 28-29 summit in Vienna to discuss ways of stabilizing global oil prices.

"We need a stable market so we can ensure the sustainability of petroleum investments in the long term, for the benefit of producers, exporters, consumers," Long said, according to a statement issued by the foreign ministry that cited Barkindo as recognizing the importance of Ecuador's role in OPEC.

"Ecuador has been the voice of reason for stability and constructive dialogue between OPEC members and non-members," the secretary general said, praising Long for his work to enable the reaching of consensus during a September meeting in Algeria.

Barkindo was scheduled to leave Quito late Thursday for Iran.