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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

    蔡總統就任後,馬上安排任內首次出訪,將在六月訪問友邦巴拿馬跟巴拉圭。巴拿馬第一夫人接受民視的獨家訪問時也說,他們已經替蔡英文的訪問,安排跟巴國總統見面,同時對台灣掛保證,兩國邦交絕對不會生變。

    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]]
    “我們已經替她的到訪安排好行程規劃,只要她能夠去,當然,我們會安排一場在總統府的私人宴會。”

    只是中國在中美洲的政治經濟實力,逐漸擴張,動輒傳出,巴拿馬可能被挖牆腳。台灣跟巴拿馬邦誼,第一夫人親自掛保證。

    [[巴拿馬第一夫人 Lorena Castillo de Varela]]
    “絕對不會,我們跟台灣的關係被高度重視,首先,當你擁有信任、極被珍惜的友誼,而且是花好幾年好幾年建立起來的,你在乎他,而且感謝他,就會守護他。巴拿馬跟台灣就像是兄弟姊妹。”

    巴拿馬第一夫人此行來台,除了拜會新總統,身為聯合國拉丁美洲防治愛滋特使,也參觀台灣關愛之家,透過政治跟民間合作,搭起兩國密切橋樑。
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