Panama and Lebanon to strengthen maritime ties

Panama and Lebanon will seek to strengthen their relations, especially in the maritime and commercial sectors, concluded the Panamanian Foreign Minister, Isabel De Saint Malo, and her Lebanese counterpart, Gebran Bassil.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigration of the Lebanese Republic visited Vice President and Foreign Minister De Saint Malo in order to give a new impetus to their bilateral and commercial relations, informed that ministry.

Isabel de Saint Malo, Foreign Affairs Minister.

Isabel de Saint Malo, Foreign Affairs Minister.

Both leaders “addressed the possibility of reaching cooperation agreements in the maritime area that will allow the exchange of good practices and take advantage of the synergies regarding maritime transport, port management and trade,” said the official statement.

“To this end, a Lebanese delegation will soon visit Panamanian ports and the Colon Free Zone, the largest in the hemisphere; and a Panamanian technical group will conduct a tour in Lebanese ports to exchange good practices aimed at training officials on issues related to port logistics”, the Foreign Ministry said.

De Saint Malo took the opportunity to congratulate the new president of Lebanon, Michel Aoun, and express the willingness of the Panamanian government to work together in areas such as humanitarian aid.

Gebran Bassil Lebanon Minister of Foreign Affaire.

Gebran Bassil Lebanon Minister of Foreign Affaire.

On October, 31 the Lebanese Parliament elected General Aoun as President of the Republic, almost two-and-a-half years after the mandate of the former head of state expired.

His election has partially unlocked the political paralysis in Lebanon, although the president still faces challenges such as the economic crisis and Syrian refugees in the country.

Panama has contributed to the Syrian refugee camps in Jordan and works in partnership with Poland, through the Catholic Church Foundation, for humanitarian assistance to camps in Turkey, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, according to official information.

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