PANAMA NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATED IN ANKARA


04/11/2021




News Center -TDO- Hosted by Panama's Ambassador to Turkey, Mariela Sagel Rosas, a reception was held to mark the 118th anniversary of Panama's separation from Greater Colombia.

The event held at the residence was attended by Panama's Ambassador to Turkey Mariela Sagel Rosas, as well as the ambassadors of Thailand, Costa Rica, Kyrgyzstan, Guatemala, Kosovo, Peru, Croatia, Tajikistan, Charge d'Affaires of the Embassy of Colombia and El Salvador, Director General of Foreign Promotion and Cultural Affairs Ambassador Deniz Çakar, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General for the Americas Levent Gümrükçü, Director of Latin American Studies Research and Application Center Mehmet Necati Kutlu and many guests attended.

Ambassador Rosas, in her speech here, mentioned the common features of Turkey and Panama and said, "Both countries connect the seas and continents. Both countries are a hub in terms of airlines."

Reminding that Turkish Airlines (THY) Istanbul-Panama flight takes place every day of the week, Rosas stated the cooperation between Panama national airline company COPA and THY.

Stating that the relations between the two countries developed on the basis of friendship and trust, Ambassador Rosas said, "Panama in Turkey is known through the Panama canal. The canal, whose construction was started by the French and finished by the Americans, was managed by the United States for years and an American administration was established in our country. With the agreement signed in 1977, the canal, "We would like to thank all the countries that supported the transfer of the canal to Panama without firing a single shot during this process."

In his speech here, Ambassador Levent Gümrükçü, Director General for the Americas, stated that Panama has successfully built an active and reliable economic system, financial and logistics infrastructure, free trade zones and an investor-friendly environment.

Emphasizing the importance of Panama's geostrategic location, Ambassador Gümrükçü said, "We believe that Panama has many features in common with Turkey. We have a beautiful country, a vibrant social life, an entrepreneurial investment environment, good food, a unique geographical location and we are committed to our values. We connect continents and seas. Being in a central location imposes a different responsibility on us. That's why we get along well with each other, even though our countries are thousands of kilometers apart."

Emphasizing that the mutual trade of the two countries has increased despite the new type of coronavirus (Kovid-19) epidemic and exceeded the level of 200 million dollars, he also drew attention to the increase in mutual investments.

Indicating that Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu will make his first visit to Panama at ministerial level, Gümrükçü said, "Beyond that, we will establish new relations with the Panamanian society. Not only with television series, but also with student exchanges in the academic field, tourism, human-to-human relations and new developments promoting Turkish language and culture. We will build new relationships with programs."


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