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Security will be the main theme in the Pence-Varela meeting

Pence's visit, which will close a regional tour after Colombia, Argentina and Chile, will focus on security and "emphasizes the regional leadership" of the Central American country "and the strong relationship between both nations"
  • EFE

US Vice President Michael Pence will meet privately with Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela on Thursday before giving a speech on the Panama Canal, the Panamanian government announced today.

Pence's visit, which will close a regional tour after Colombia, Argentina and Chile, will focus on security and "emphasizes the regional leadership" of the Central American country "and the strong relationship between both nations," according to Pence.

On Thursday afternoon, the US Vice-President will be received by President Varela and by the vice president and chancellor, Isabel De Saint Malo, at Palacio de las Garzas, where they will meet in private, before there will make "a speech by both authorities before the National and international media", according to EFE.

The main theme will be security. Although the work agenda includes issues such as trade opportunities, investments, and issues on the regional and global agenda, according to official Panamanian information.

Both leaders will discussed the "common challenges" that are facing the region, including the situation in Venezuela and Washington's new policy with Cuba.

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