President Tsai Ing-wen expressed the hope Tuesday that cooperation and exchanges between Taiwan and Panama can be further strengthened.
Speaking at a meeting with Jose Ayu Prado, president of the Supreme Court of Panama, at the Presidential Office, Tsai said that Taiwan and Panama have long maintained cordial and stable relations, as evidenced by Ayu Prado’s visit to Taiwan less than one month after the First Lady of his country, Lorena Castillo de Valera, visited Taiwan to attend the inauguration of herself and Vice President Chen Chien-jen.
Referring to bilateral judicial cooperation, Tsai said that Taiwan and Panama have signed an agreement on the repatriation of convicted prisoners, which demonstrates substantial judicial cooperation and mutual assistance between the two sides.
Meanwhile, Tsai congratulated Panama for completing the Panama Canal expansion project and stated that she is pleased to attend the inauguration of the expanded canal on June 26.
On hand at the meeting were also Panama’s ambassador to Taiwan Alfredo Martiz Fuentes, Secretary-General of the Presidential Office Lin Bih-jaw and Vice Foreign Minister Javier Hou.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced earlier that day Tsai will visit Panama and Paraguay on a trip from June 24 to July 2. She will make transit stops in Miami on her way to Panama and in Los Angeles on her way back to Taiwan, the ministry said.