Panama and Venezuela Reestablish Business Relationships

The agreement between both governments also implies the resumption, in the coming days, of Copa flights between Caracas and Panama City.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Almost a month after President Maduro decided to suspend economic relations with Panama, both governments have reached an agreement to resume dialogue.

See: "Venezuela cuts Ties with Panama" and "Copa Airlines Flights to Venezuela Suspended".

From a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Panama:

The Governments of the Republic of Panama and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, in the interest of maintaining constructive bilateral relations and not affecting the welfare of their citizens, agree to: 

  1. Restore the presence of the Panamanian ambassadors  accredited in Venezuela and those of Venezuela accredited in Panama.
  2. Restore air connectivity.
  3. Keep the diplomatic dialogue open in order to continue addressing the various aspects of the bilateral agenda. 
  4. Following up on the aforementioned, the Foreign Ministers of both countries will present a progress report to the Presidents in thirty days.

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