The Panamanian Vice President and Foreign Minister, Isabel De Saint Malo, planned a four-day visit to Washington , where she met with the Secretary of State of the United States, Michael Pompeo, in the middle of the tensions by the crisis in Venezuela, informed this Sunday the government.
"The visit to the US capital seeks to continue strengthening the close ties between the Republic of Panama and the North American country and will be focused on promoting opportunities for commercial exchange, reviewing the security cooperation agenda and expanding collaboration in science, technology and innovation", says a statement from the Foreign Ministry.
De Saint Malo will also "meet with the Secretary of the Treasury, the director of the Western Hemisphere in the National Security Council, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives and the president of the Inter-American Development Bank, among other authorities", said the communication.
Panama, as part of the Group of Lima, recognizes the government of the self-proclaimed president in charge of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, head of the Congress, and pleads for a solution among Venezuelans to end the "de facto regime" of Nicolás Maduro, according to the Panamanian president , Juan Carlos Varela.
The Government of Panama received last Friday Fabiola Zavarce, designated representative in the Central American country by Guaidó, according to the Panamanian Foreign Ministry to Acan-Efe.
De Saint Malo will chair a meeting at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS, for its acronym in English) where she will promote the benefits of Panama and will have an exchange with businessmen, diplomats and opinion leaders from different sectors, adds the official source.
As part of this mission, the Panamanian chancellor will lead the first scientific mission after the launch of the Scientific, Technological and Innovation Diplomacy strategy.
Therefore, she will be accompanied by representatives of the Gorgas Memorial Institute for Health Studies, the Institute of Scientific Research and High Technology Services (INDICASAT AIP), the National Secretariat of Science and Technology and Innovation (SENACYT) and the Technological University of Panama (UTP).
These delegates "will have the opportunity to disseminate the work of the Panamanian scientific community, identify new research programs in which Panamanians can participate and promote the exchange of knowledge that will strengthen this area in Panama", she specifies.
The scientific agenda includes visits to the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Health and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
De Saint Malo will conclude her visit on Thursday, says the Foreign Ministry.