India, Panama sign two pacts, resolve to fight terror

RSTV Bureau
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, the President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela Rodriguez and the Vice President of Panama, Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado witnessing the signing of MoU between India and Panama at the Presidential Palace in Panama City on May 09, 2018. Photo - http://vicepresidentofindia.nic.in/

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, the President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela Rodriguez and the Vice President of Panama, Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado witnessing the signing of MoU between India and Panama at the Presidential Palace in Panama City on May 09, 2018.
Photo – http://vicepresidentofindia.nic.in/

India and Panama signed two pacts after talks between the President of Panama Juan Carlos Varela and Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu. The two countries have resolved to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

The Vice President also wrapped up his 3-nation tour to Central American nations on Wednesday.

Strengthening ties and extending cooperation to a new level, India and panama inked MOUs on exemption of Visas for holders of Diplomatic and Official Passports and one in the field of agriculture.

After receiving the Vice President at the palace, President and Vice President of Panama held four hour long high level delegation talks with him and discussed matters of crucial bilateral importance.

Later in a joint statement issued by Vice President of India along with the President of Panama, the Vice President said India and Panama always had cordial ties. Both countries resolved to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

“India and panama have the oldest in the Central American region… These ties are based on our common values and a shared commitment to democracy, pluralism, multi-culturalism, and the rule of law,” Vice President Naidu said.

The Vice President also lauded Panama for including India for strengthening relations in its Falcon policies. He also said that two centres one for Biodiversity and Innovation will be setup by India in Panama worth 10 mn dollars and 15 mn dollars each.

In order to boost cooperation in key areas, both countries have agreed to strengthen cooperation in tax information, economic cooperation, air services, traditional medicines, culture and space, he added.

Earlier, Vice President Naidu visited the historic Panama Canal along with the President Juan Carlos Varela, who broke protocol and accompanied the vice president on his visit to the Canal. Mr. Naidu called the canal an engineering marvel and lauded the efforts of people involved in its construction.