Secretary @JohnKerry Travels to Panama

Posted by Kristin Stewart
July 2, 2014
Panamanian President-Elect Varela Greets Secretary Kerry Before Inauguration in Panama City

Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Panama to attend the inauguration of President-Elect Juan Carlos Varela on July 1.  

On June 25, U.S. Ambassador to Panama Jonathan Farrar shared President Obama's announcement  that Secretary Kerry would be leading the U.S. delegation to the inauguration.

Ambassador Farrar was also a member of the delegation, which included Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson in Panama.

Prior to the inauguration, Secretary Kerry and the U.S. delegation sat down with President-elect Juan Carlos Varela.  They discussed deepening the already strong U.S.-Panama cooperation for trade, regional security, promotion of democracy and educational exchanges.

Secretary Kerry also met with other Central American leaders to discuss the issue of unaccompanied children who have crossed the border to the United States, and the way in which we can collaborate to address this challenge.

Following meetings with Central American leaders, Secretary Kerry, Ambassador Farrar, Governor Patrick, and Assistant Secretary Jacobson attended the inaugural events.  The U.S. Embassy in Panama congratulated President-elect Varela and shared photos of Secretary Kerry’s participation in the inauguration.

After the inaugural festivities, Ambassador Farrar said that Secretary Kerry’s visit signaled a great start to our relations with President Varela's administration.

About the Author: Kristin Stewart serves as the Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Panama City, Panama.

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