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The Presidents of Chile and Panama sign agreements to cooperate on customs, humanitarian matters and value chains

President Piñera said he was willing to strengthen economic integration between the two countries and emphasized the importance of working on migration, tourism and natural risks.

President Sebastián Piñera arrived in Panama on Monday to conduct his first state visit in that country. He met with President Juan Carlos Varela to address internal issues as well as a broad range of topics with the countries’ delegations.

The President highlighted the positive impact of the Free Trade Agreement that Chile has had with Panama for the past ten years and his desire to strengthen economic integration between the two nations. President Piñera noted the importance of ensuring that immigration is safe, organized and systematic.

The two nations also agreed on the importance of making progress on new maritime tourism routes, preparing for natural threats and working together to address various regional challenges.

“It is a privilege to come to Panama, because it means coming to a country with which we have enjoyed a long and beautiful tradition of friendship and collaboration,” President Piñera said.

After the meetings, the leaders signed cooperation agreements on customs, humanitarian matters and value chain, the latter to help modernize small- and medium-sized businesses. All of these efforts are meant to strengthen and mutually benefit the relationship between the countries.

Tomorrow the President will continue his visit with a sail through the Panama Canal on the Esmeralda, Chile’s naval training ship, together with Panama’s President. He will then travel to the United States, where he will conclude his international tour by participating in a technological forum.

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