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Anti-corruption fight determines May - Varela agenda in London

Juan Carlos Varela and Theresa May
  • Juan Carlos Varela and Theresa May
  • EFE

On his official visit to England, the Panamanian President Juan Carlos Valera, held meetings with Theresa May, the British prime minister; Boris Johnson, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Philip Hammond, Finance Minister.

The central themes of each meeting were corruption, tax evasion and transparency, global security and bilateral relations between the two nations in terms of economy and development.

Varela informed through his Twitter account, after the meeting with the British head of Finance, Philip Hammond, that it was agreed to initiate an "agenda for the strengthening of relations between our countries in trade, security and development cooperation. To which he added that his speaker "recognized Panama's commitment to fiscal transparency ",

On the other hand, the Prime Minister, Theresa May, according to information provided by a spokesperson, called attention to Valera, advocated the fight against corruption and was optimistic about the future of bilateral relations.

"The Prime Minister noted the importance of seeing more progress in the approval of anti-corruption laws and in criminalizing tax evasion in Panama (...) the commercial ties between the United Kingdom and Panama will be increasingly stronger," the spokesperson said in a statement after the meeting at the prime minister’s residence in Westminster.

Both leaders, May and Valera, agreed "on the importance of continuing the fight against money laundering and organized crime," the Panamanian president said.

Boris Johnson, Minister of Foreign Affairs, said that education, security, prosperity and trade were also discussed. Between both authorities, the fresh note after the matches was staged, since they exchanged shirts of the football teams that will face in the FIFA World Cup to be held in Russia from June 15. "A top priority for the World Cup: the security and protection of our citizens," he said in a statement from the Foreign Office.

Juan Carlos Varela and first lady of Panama next visited the Westminster Abbey where he placed a wreath of flowers in the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Varela's visit to England is scheduled to end on Tuesday to continue the official trip to Israel and the West Bank, countries that will serve as a meeting place with his peers Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel and Palestinian President Mahmud Abás, respectively.

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