Panama, US leaders discuss security, economy


The leaders discussed the importance of the United States-Panama High-Level Security Dialogue, which will be held in Panama in late June, to advancing our shared security priorities. "The relationship has been very strong", Trump said during a bilateral meeting with Varela.

The canal connecting the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans was finished in 1914. While the two leaders posed for photos and began to shake hands, Trump made sure to remind Varela just how well the Panama Canal has been working. "Right? Very good job".

"His past behaviour suggests he would do whatever is necessary to avoid returning to Panama, including jumping bond to a third country", said Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Fels. The canal recently expanded its locks as part of a $5.25 billion expansion project.

They are expected to discuss organized crime, drug trafficking and illegal migration during their meeting, as well as political unrest and violence in Venezuela. Varela reportedly invited Trump to visit Panama, where the Post notes Vice President Pence is traveling in August.

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Trump has worked to strengthen the US border and reduce the flow of migrants at the start of his administration.

Varela noted the USA and Panama face numerous same challenges in the region, and he said that "the idea of this visit is to work closely together".

Walls aren't the only thing President Trump enjoys touting.

Trump was expected to discuss the USA economic partnership with the key Central American leader and ways of addressing unrest in nearby Venezuela.