Panama’s first lady says arrangements have been made for visit from President Tsai (2016/05/22)
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    Panama’s first lady says arrangements have been made for visit from President Tsai (2016/05/22)

    President Tsai Ing-wen may have just been inaugurated as Taiwan’s new leader for only a few days, but she is already planning a state visit overseas. At the end of June, she plans to visit allies Panama and Paraguay. Panama’s first lady Lorena Castillo de Varela in an exclusive interview with FTV said that the Panamanian authorities have already arranged President Tsai’s itinerary, including a meeting with the Panamanian president. She also promised that diplomatic relations between Taiwan and Panama would not change,( amid reports that the traditional diplomatic war between Taiwan and China has resumed with the departure of former President Ma Ying-jeou.)

    During the inauguration celebrations, President Tsai Ing-wen and Panamanian first lady Lorena Castillo de Varela appeared to be striking up a warm friendship. In June President Tsai will visit Panama for the inauguration of the expanded Panama Canal. Panama’s first lady also confirmed that the Central American country has already started making arrangements for President Tsai’s visit.

    Lorena Castillo de Varela
    Panama First Lady
    We have already done an agenda for her to do there if she gets to go, and of course we will be having a private dinner at the palace, the presidential palace.

    But as China’s political and economic power gradually strengthens in Central America, there have been frequent reports that relations with Panama may be shaky. Castillo de Varela offered her personal assurances that ties were firm.

    Lorena Castillo de Varela
    Panama First Lady

    Absolutely not. Our relationship with Taiwan has to be respected. First of all, when you have the trust and friendship, we value it very much. This is something that has been built for many, many years and you take care of that and you appreciate it and you keep it. Panama and Taiwan are like brothers and sisters.

    Aside from visiting President Tsai, Panama’s first lady, who is the UN’s special advocate for AIDS in Latin America, also visited a Taiwanese NGO, the Harmony Home Association, Taiwan. Through politics and cooperation with the private sector, Panama’s first lady is helping to create even closer ties between Panama and Taiwan.
    中文 Chinese  
    巴國第一夫人證實 已安排兩國總統會面


    總統就職典禮上,蔡英文與巴拿馬第一夫人Lorena Castillo de Varela互動熱絡,蔡英文還當面透露六月將出訪巴拿馬運河擴建工程完工典禮的訊息。第一夫人也證實巴拿馬已經在著手安排蔡英文到訪事宜。

    [[巴拿馬第一夫人 Lorena Castillo de Varela]]


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