Vice Minister of the United States and President of Panama speak about migration, vaccinations, and climate change

Photos: Courtesy of the Presidency of Panama and the Embassy of the United States.
Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

The Vice Minister of Political Affairs of the United States, Victoria Nuland met with President Laurentino Cortizo on Tuesday at the end of his visit to Panama during which they addressed issues such as the growing flow of undocumented migrants from South America, the gray lists, and climate change.

Nuland, who led the US delegation that arrived from Paraguay, and Cortizo also spoke about the need to strengthen democracy in the region, and the willingness of the North American country to support Panama in the fight against Covid-19.

The government said in a statement, that President Joe Biden's commitment was reaffirmed, to make effective the donation "of a significant quantity of vaccines against Covid-19" that would help reinforce vaccination in Panama, that already applied until 29 of June 1.5 million doses from pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and AstraZeneca.

Both governments also expressed their commitment to develop joint actions and promote democracy., prosperity and security in the region, According to the official note.

Earlier, The United States Embassy affirmed that Nuland spoke with leaders of the telecommunications sector and private companies about the development of a digital hub in Panama and providing 5G technology in a reliable way..

The US official also met with the administrator of the Panama Canal, Ricaurte Vásquez, both spoke about "the close commercial relationship between Panama and the United States", which is the main user of the interoceanic highway., which he built and administered for a century until 1999.

The vice minister's agenda also included a meeting with NGOs committed to conservation and the environment to exchange ideas on how to protect Panama's biodiversity from climate change.

Nuland ends his tour of the region in El Salvador.