Next week, a US delegation will discuss migration in Panama

Next week, a US delegation will discuss migration in Panama ...

WASHINGTON, April 15 (Reuters) - The Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas will travel with a delegation to Panama for a ministerial conference on migration, according to the State Department on Friday.

According to the State Department, Blinken will meet with Panama President Laurentino Cortizo Cohen, Foreign Minister Erika Mouynes, multilateral development banks, international financial institutions, international organizations, and NGOs in the trip scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.

The discussions will include economic recovery, migration, protection for refugees, asylum seekers, anti-corruption actions, and support for civil society, according to the report.

The presidents of Panama, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic had requested US help in reprimanding the flow of tens of thousands of migrants crossing the dangerous rainforests that divide Panama and Colombia as they travelled to the United States in October.

According to government information issued to Reuters towards the end of last year, a record wave of non-unauthorized migrants entered Panama in 2021, as a surge of mostly Haitians entered the Central American country on their journey to the United States.

"Through this visit, the Secretary will draw additional attention and delight in the region to the Ninth Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, California, on June 6-10, 2022," the State Department said.

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