- Presidencia de la República de Panamá
President Juan Carlos Varela travels to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, to hold high-level meetings aimed at relaunching relations between the two countries, following the British decision to leave the European Union (EU), said an official source.
Varela, who after the United Kingdom will visit Israel and also Palestine, will depart accompanied by Vice President and Chancellor Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado; Minister of Economy and Finance Dulcidio De La Guardia; and Minister of Commerce and Industry Augusto Arosemena.
The Panamanian leader traveled in the early hours of this Saturday, an official source told Acan-Efe.
"This official visit is historic and unprecedented, as it will be the first time that a Panamanian president meets with a prime minister of the United Kingdom," said a statement from the Foreign Ministry of Panama.
It is expected that in this bilateral meeting between the president of Panama and Prime Minister Theresa May "a stronger and more dynamic relationship will be consolidated, to turn the opportunities of the next exit of the British country of the European Union into tangible returns for both nations".
Meetings between the Ministers of State of Panama and the United Kingdom will also be held to deepen opportunities for cooperation for the development and exchange of good practices between both countries in the areas of security, tax and education.
The agenda of the visit also includes the holding of a Panama Invest and meetings with important British companies, such as Glaxo Smith Kline, Biwater, AstraZeneca and the Virgin Atlantic Airlines and British Airways.
These meetings seek to promote Panama as an investment destination and gateway of the United Kingdom to the region.
There will also be a Panama Fest, an event that brings together the main tour operators, travel agencies, hoteliers and investors from the United Kingdom and will deploy the Panamanian tourist offer to the English and European markets.
At the end of the official visit to the United Kingdom, Varela will offer a Magisterial Conference to students of the London School of Economics and will talk with the Panamanian teachers who receive training at universities of the United Kingdom as part of the Panama Bilingual program.
Subsequently, the Panamanian delegation, chaired by Varela, will move on May 15 to Israel.
In Israel, high-level meetings will be held with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; with President Reuven Rivlin; Minister of Energy Yuval Steinitz; and representatives of companies specializing in agricultural technology, water treatment and technological innovation.
The Panamanian delegation in Israel will also be made up of the first lady Lorena Castillo; Vice President De Saint Malo de Alvarado; the Minister of Commerce Arosemena; the Agricultural Development, Eduardo Carles; the Secretary of the National Security Council, Rolando López, and the director of the National Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (IDAAN), Juan Felipe De La Iglesia.
As the last point of the Panamanian government's tour, a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmud Abás is planned in Ramallah, Palestine.
The Panamanian delegation will return to the country on Saturday, May 19, according to official information.