President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, arrived in Barbados today, Friday, July 3, to participate in the intense discussions of the 36th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

Mr. Varela was met on the tarmac of the Grantley Adams International Airport by Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Richard Sealy, and Head of Protocol, Philip St. Hill, as well as Chief of Presidential Protocol of Panama, Alex Perez and other officials from Panama.

???I would like to thank the Prime Minister of Barbados and people for all the support they gave Panama at the Summit of the Americas. We received a lot of support from the Prime Minister of Barbados and all of the different Prime Ministers of CARICOM and other Caribbean countries. One of the reasons of my visit is to thank the Prime Minister and also to establish a stronger relationship with Barbados,??? he said.

Noting that he was ???happy to be here for a second time???, he said on a previous visit, as Vice President in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he had signed a double taxation agreement.?????Barbados economy is very close to our economy, a service based economy,??? he stated.

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