VP Naidu arrives in Panama, will hold talks on bilateral co-op

Raj Kamal Rao
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu addressed the Indian community in Guatemala on May 8, 2018.

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu addressed the Indian community in Guatemala on May 8, 2018.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu arrived in Panama on Wednesday in his second leg of visit to Latin and Central American nations. The Vice President is slated to meet the top leadership of the country and discuss various issues of mutual interest.

India’s relations and linkages with Panama are the oldest in the Central America. India and Panama always had cordial ties based on commonality, shared commitment to democracy, pluralism, multi-culturalism and the rule of law.

Later in the day, the Vice President will hold delegation level talks with the President Juan Carlos Varela Rodriguez and the Vice President and Foreign Minister of Panama Ms. Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado.

The discussions will cover various bilateral cooperation areas including agriculture, culture, education, consular, economic cooperation, and Ayush. They will also discuss the multilateral and regional issues. The Vice President will visit Panama Canal Miraflores Locks and will meet the Indian Diaspora.

Mr. Naidu will also address the students of International studies of University of Panama and Panamanian Diplomats.

Earlier, wrapping his Guatemala visit, he visited the historical Antigua Guatemala city and walked around the splendid structures of the formal capital of Guatemala. Vice President visited the mayor’s office and complemented the people of the city of Antigua for preserving the ancient city and maintaining the emotional bond with it.

Vice President M venkaiah Naidu with President of the Republic of Guatemala, Mr. Jimmy Morales at the Presidential House, in Guatemala

Vice President M venkaiah Naidu with President of the Republic of Guatemala, Mr. Jimmy Morales at the Presidential House, in Guatemala, May 7, 2018.

“I was pleasantly surprised to see that Guatemala, a country, much smaller in size, also has a rich history and equally striking diversity… If India was the home of the civilization of Harappa and Mohenjo Daro, Guatemala is the heart of the Mayan civilization,” he said.

The place represents the indigenous Mayan essence continues to wander people on the streets of this colonial jewel. It was declared as the World Heritage site by the UNESCO in way back in 1979.

The whole center of the city is considered as historical and archaeological, comprising of churches, squares, portal, and others architectural constructions.

Vice President Naidu was received by the mayor of Antigua Ms. Susana Asensio and congratulated her team and local population for preserving the heritage city.

“I am also told that, in Guatemala, there are more than 20 official languages and the ethnically diverse people have been able to preserve their traditions and culture… Family value is another aspect that we both seem to give high regard for,” the Vice President said.