- Presidencia de la República de Panamá
The Government of Panama expressed its intention to solve the diplomatic impasse with Venezuela following the measures adopted by the South American country that affects citizens and companies of both countries. Through a statement the Foreign Ministry of Panama it was reported that in recent days an invitation was received from the President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, to mediate the conflict.
"In recent days, the government of President Nicolás Maduro asked the president of the Dominican Republic for a dialogue between Panama and Venezuela to find a way out of these differences. In this regard, in the framework of a scheduled visit of Vice President Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado to the Dominican Republic framed in the Intersectoral Regional Agenda on Social and Inclusive Protection 2030, President Juan Carlos Varela asked the Panamanian Chancellor to attend the invitation of President Medina," the statement said.
In the Dominican Republic, the meeting was held between De Saint Malo de Alvarado and Wilmar Castro Soteldo, a member of Nicolás Maduro's cabinet. The meeting was moderated by Dominican Chancellor Miguel Vargas. The conversation was addressed, "in the most comprehensive and constructive way" but "the expected results were not achieved", the document stated.
Panama clarified that, "the list published by the National Commission against Money Laundering, Financing of Terrorism and Financing of the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction of the Republic of Panama only formalizes the lists issued by the international community without imposing any type of sanctions; however, the Official Gazette No. 6,369 published by Venezuela directly affects the trade between both countries and, especially, the transit of citizens from Venezuela, Panama and the region."
Previously Maduro reported the meeting
Through a message spread on social networks, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced the meeting held by the officials of both countries, "I want to solve the problems that have arisen with the President of Panama. From here I send you greetings President of Panama, you were my friend; we were friends. Let’s solve it between you and me. There was a secret meeting, on a Caribbean island. The President of Panama sent a delegation and I sent another delegation and they failed to reach the solution. I already had a formula for the solution. Tareck (Vice President of Venezuela) is a witness but the person who headed the delegation of Panama came to insult our delegation, came to sully it and did not want to solve it. I have solutions to reestablish everything, regularize it turn the page. President of Panama take action on the matter. I'm ready. If it is necessary that we both meet, let’s do it"