Japan-Panama Relations

September 25, 2018

On September 25, commencing at 5:10 p.m. for approximately 10 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held informal talks with H.E. Mr. Juan Carlos Varela, President of the Republic of Panama, at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters, during his visit to the United States of America to attend the UN General Assembly. The overview of the talks is as follows.

  1. Prime Minister Abe expressed his welcome to be meeting President Varela again after two-and-a-half years and his intention to deepen cooperation with Panama, which enjoys the bounties of free and open seas, and with which Japan shares fundamental values.
  2. In response, President Varela explained that, with regard to the ODA loan for the Panama Metropolitan Area Urban Transportation Line-3 Development Project, which was agreed to between Japan and Panama on the occasion of his visit to Japan in 2016, Panama has officially decided to introduce Japan's monorail technologies. Furthermore, President Varela expressed his gratitude for Japan's support for the project.
  3. Prime Minister Abe welcomed the official decision by Panama to introduce Japan's monorail technologies for the project, and expressed his hope that the project will commence at an early date and benefit the people of Panama.

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