PRESS RELEASE 076
Meeting between the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation and the Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Panamá
24/04/2019

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation, Josep Borrell, held a meeting this morning with the Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Panamá, Isabel de Saint Malo. This is the first official visit of the Vice President and Minister to Spain.
 
Both Ministers agreed on the excellent state of the bilateral relations, which are close and diversified. Panamá is Spain’s main business partner in Central America; additionally, over 14,000 Spanish citizens reside in the country, and Panamá is the headquarters of the AECID’s Regional Logistics Centre for Humanitarian Aid for the Latin-American region.
 
During their meeting, they reviewed the main matters of the bilateral and international agenda, including the recent exclusion of Panama from the European list of non-cooperative countries and territories for tax purposes. The Minister acknowledged the efforts made by Panama regarding this issue and has encouraged the Central-American country to keep working to comply with the international tax standards. The Vice-President appreciated Spain’s continuous support and cooperation with regard to this important matter.
 
They also addressed the current situation in Venezuela and Nicaragua, regarding which both countries take a similar view based on the respect for human rights, democratic principles and the State of Law.
 
The Minister took advantage of the Vice-President and Minister’s visit to congratulate Panama on the celebration of the 5th Centenary of the City of Panama, and to extend his best wishes for the successful commemoration of this anniversary, which also places value on the culture and heritage shared between Spain and Panama.
 
Finally, they also talked about the electoral processes that are taking place in both countries and stated that they expect the new Governments to keep working to strengthen the relationship between Spain and Panama.

 

 

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