President Juan Carlos Varela, along with Vice President and Chancellor, Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado, will begin a working tour this Monday in the capital of the United States, which includes meetings with President Donald Trump; the director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde; the president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Luis Alberto Moreno and the main authorities on security and migration of that country.
The President and first lady Lorena Castillo de Varela will be received shortly before noon by Trump and his wife, Melania Trump, the first lady of the United States. The Presidents will meet in private and then together with their teams. The First Ladies will also hold a meeting.
With an agenda focused on security, anti-drug and regional policy issues, President Varela, accompanied by the Minister of Security Alexis Bethancourt and the director of the National Security Council, Rolando López, will meet with officials from the Homeland Security and the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
As part of the meeting, the Panamanian President will share his vision to President Trump about Cuba and the situation in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela lives.
President Varela will also participate in a meeting on Regional Security in the Inter-American Dialogue.
On the other hand, with the Minister of Economy and Finance, Dulcidio de la Guardia and the ambassador of Panama to the United States, Emmanuel González Revilla, the President will review the state of affairs of Panama with the IMF and the IDB in meetings with responsible. He is also the principal guest for the Washington Economic Club in a meeting with business leaders in the United States.
During his working tour the Panamanian Head of State will also meet with representatives of the International Relations Committee of the House of Representatives, as well as with senators from the Committee on International Relations and Sub Committee of the Western Hemisphere.