BILATERAL TIES BETWEEN PANAMA AND INDIA TWO OFFICIAL VISITS IN ONE YEAR
In January 2023, a new history was marked in the diplomatic relations between Panama and India. After 15 years, a visit from a Panamanian Foreign Minister to India was accomplished. Her Excellency Janaina Tewaney, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Panama, made an Official Visit that reaffirmed the intention of establishing a shared roadmap, which would work to align the bilateral cooperation. This visit achieved key objectives such as: accepting the invitation to participate in the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2023, the signing of a cooperation agreement in the training of diplomats and enhancing commercial links, especially in the filming, financial and pharmaceutical sector.
After this visit, the political will of the Republic of India to further strengthen bilateral relations is demonstrated. In April 2023, H.E. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Foreign Minister of India, arrived in Panama and became the first Indian Foreign Minister to visit the country.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of India and his Delegation were received by His Excellency, Laurentino Cortizo Cohen, President of the Republic in the company of His Excellency Jananina Tewaney Mencomo, Minister of Foreign Affairs, in this meeting Panama highlighted the efforts made since the beginning of the administration regarding the commitments with India.
The visit of Dr. Jaishankar also includes the participation and support of the Latin America-India (LAC-INDIA) business forum, emphasizing that in the last 10 years, the commercial movement has multiplied 4 times. The visit to Panama culminated with an important Mechanism for Cooperation and Political Dialogue between the South Asian country and the representatives of the Central American Integration System (SICA). The Foreign Minister of India recognized the 8-year gap since the last meeting held and emphasized the importance of working collectively to be able to face the new reality after a pandemic that allows us to stand against global challenges.
H.E. Mrs. Yasiel Alines Burillo Rivera
Embassy of Panama