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US relations with Panama 'very strong'

US relations with Panama 'very strong'”

President Trump underscored the need for continued cooperation to address drug trafficking and illegal migration in the region and expressed appreciation for President Varela's strong partnership on these issues.

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The U.S. cut the 50-mile ribbon of water linking the Atlantic to the Pacific across the Central American country, and it opened in 1914.

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During their Oval Office meeting, Mr. Trump praised Mr. Varela for a "very strong" relationship with the USA and reminded him that the US built the Panama Canal. After Trump greets Varela and his wife, he asserts, "And we have many things to discuss. We're going to spend quite a bit of time today", Trump began before inadvertently segueing into his Panama Canal comments. Trump told Varela, who responded, "Very good job".

The two leaders also discussed immigration and development in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

The White House blog recounts the remarks made during press availability at the meeting. And it's an honor to have you at the White House.

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Varela pointed to the "long relationship" between the USA and Panama and said "we face the same challenges in the region".

Trump was sitting down with President Juan Carlos Varela in their first face-to-face meeting since the start of the Trump presidency.

Trump was expected to discuss the US economic partnership with the key Central American leader and ways of addressing unrest in nearby Venezuela.

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