Secretary of State Michael Pompeo’s Remarks to Traveling Press after his Visit to Panama

SECRETARY POMPEO: So I’d had on my list to go see President Varela for a while. It took me six months to get here. They have been an important partner of ours for a long time. I knew President Varela from my previous role as well. Economic ties, security ties, counternarcotics, all a lynchpin of our ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Panama and Mexico

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Panama City, Panama and Mexico City, Mexico from October 18-19. In Panama City, October 18, the Secretary will meet with President Juan Carlos Varela and Vice President and Foreign Minister Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado to discuss ongoing U.S.-Panama collaboration on regional priorities, including defending ...
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United States and Panama Join to Protect the Environment under the Trade Promotion Agreement

Panama City, October 3 – The United States and Panama launched the Secretariat for Environmental Enforcement Matters (SEEM), which promotes public participation in the monitoring, enforcement, and submission of environmental laws in Panama. Maintaining strong dialogue and public engagement, the United States and Panama also held meetings on environmental issues as part of the commitments ...
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U.S. Embassy Commissions Security Scanners to Increase Prison Security in Panama

Panama City, October 3, 2018. Today, Panama’s Ministry of Government and the U.S. Embassy in Panama dedicated two new high technology scanners at La Nueva Joya prison facilities. This screening equipment aims to prevent drugs, weapons, mobile phones, and other forbidden items from entering prison facilities. The scanners, valued at US$220,000 each, are a contribution ...
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U.S. Agency OPIC Promotes Investment in Panama

Panama City, October 2nd 2018-   The President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Ray Washburne, visited Panama to explore opportunities for highly developmental U.S. investment in Panama. Washburne met with President Varela to discuss how OPIC could support impactful projects in Panama, underscoring the strong bilateral relationship between our countries. He also visited the ...
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The United States and Panama Signed Agreement to Strengthen Maritime Transport

September 17th 2018 –The Administrator of the United States Maritime Administration, Mark H. Buzby, and the administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority, Jorge Barakat, signed in Washington D.C. a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) on maritime transport, an area vital to both economies. The agreement between the United States and Panama confirms our strong partnership on maritime issues ...
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U.S. Chiefs of Mission to the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Panama Called Back for Consultations

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON U.S. Chiefs of Mission to the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Panama Called Back for Consultations September 7, 2018. The Department of State has called back the U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic Robin Bernstein, the U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador Jean Manes, and ...
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United States and Panama Sign MOU to Prevent Organized Crime

Panama City – September 6th, 2018. Government Minister Carlos E. Rubio and International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Director at the United States Embassy, Dave M. Foran, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to allow U.S. support in security issues. These will include increase capabilities inside penitentiary facilities, in order to prevent and combat organized crime. ...
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United States, Panama Sign MOU in Energy, Infrastructure Investments

17 August 2018, Panama City, Panama. – Today, U.S. Treasury Under Secretary for International Affairs David Malpass led a U.S. delegation to the Republic of Panama to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with its government that will foster U.S.-Panama cooperation on energy and infrastructure investment. This marks the formal inauguration of the U.S. initiative ...
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Amcham Panama Meets with U.S. Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy

Panama, August 16, 2018. The American Chamber of Commerce’s energy committee held a roundtable lunch with U.S. Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, Steven Winberg, to discuss Panama’s energy sector. During the meeting, members of the American Chamber of Commerce’s energy committee and Assistant Secretary Winberg spoke about the diversification of Panama’s power grid, the integration ...
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The Panama Canal and U.S. Tenn-Tom Waterway Renew Alliance

Panama City, 7 August 2018.- The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Authority and the Panama Canal Authority renewed their Memorandum of Understanding at the Miraflores Locks, on the Pacific coast of the Panama Canal. The Panama Canal Authority Administrator, Jorge Luis Quijano, and the Governor of the State of Mississippi and chairman of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on Nicaragua

July 30, 2018. Washington D.C.-The United States strongly condemns the ongoing violence in Nicaragua and human rights abuses committed by the Ortega regime in response to protests. After years of fraudulent elections and the regime’s manipulation of Nicaraguan law – as well as the suppression of civil society, opposition parties, and independent media – the Nicaraguan ...
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Panama Government Agencies, U.S. Southern Command Concludes Exercise “New Horizons 2018”

METETI, June 21, 2018.- Exercise New Horizons 2018 concluded today, with a closing ceremony and ribbon cuttings throughout the Meteti, Panama, community. Exercise New Horizons 2018 was a joint effort by U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), the Ministry of Security (MINSEG), the Ministry of Health (MINSA), and the Ministry of Education (MEDUCA), enabling over 350 U.S. ...
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Department of Justice: U.S Extradites the former President of Panama to Face Illegal Wiretapping and embezzlement Charges

Department of Justice WASHINGTON. June 11, 2018 – The United States today extradited Ricardo Alberto Martinelli Berrocal, who served as President of Panama from 2009 to 2014, to stand trial in that country on four charges related to an illegal wiretapping scheme allegedly conducted while he was in office. Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. ...
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Extradition to Panama of Former President Martinelli

Statement by HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON Extradition to Panama of Former President Martinelli On June 11, 2018, pursuant to the extradition treaty between the United States of America and the Republic of Panama, the United States extradited the former President of Panama Ricardo Martinelli to face criminal charges in Panama. Mr. Martinelli was arrested in Miami ...
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Statement by Secretary of State on LGBTI Pride Month

Press Statement Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, D.C.- The United States joins people around the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month, and reaffirms its commitment to protecting and defending the human rights of all, including LGBTI persons. In many parts of the world, LGBTI individuals and their supporters ...
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An Unfair, Unfree Vote in Venezuela

The United States condemns the fraudulent election that took place in Venezuela on May 20.  This so-called “election” is an attack on constitutional order and an affront to Venezuela’s tradition of democracy.  Until the Maduro regime restores a democratic path in Venezuela through free, fair, and transparent elections, the government faces isolation from the international ...
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On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

Press Statement Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC May 17, 2018   The United States stands for the protection of fundamental freedoms and universal human rights. Our nation was founded on the bedrock principle that we are all created equal – and that every person is entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of ...
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Launch of “New Horizons 2018” Program

Meteti, 11 April 2018.- The launch of the humanitarian assistance program “New Horizons 2018”, a joint effort by the United States Southern Command (U.S. Southcom), Ministry of Security (MINSEG), Ministry of Health (MINSA), and Ministry of Education (MEDUCA), took place this morning. Between April and June, “New Horizons 2018” will bring U.S. military doctors and ...
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Statement from Vice President Mike Pence’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director

The White House Office of the Vice President April 10, 2018 The Vice President is honored to represent the United States at the 8th Summit of the Americas at President Trump’s request. He looks forward to promoting policy that will lead to an even stronger U.S. economy and working with our close allies in Latin ...
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Open Doors Report Show Increase of Panamanian College Students in the United States

Panama City, 13 November 2017.- The release of the latest Open Doors Report points out  marks the celebration of International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange ...
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Message from Ambassador John D. Feeley on Fiestas Patrias

On behalf of President Trump, Secretary of State Tillerson, and my Panamanian and American colleagues at the United States Embassy in Panama, I take this opportunity to wish all Panamanians, “Felices Fiestas Patrias.”  The enduring friendship of the Panamanian people with the United States is reflected in its status as a strategic regional partner, whether ...
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Statement from Ambassador John D. Feeley on the Access of GESE Dailies to the Financial System of the United States

I and my Embassy colleagues in Panama congratulate all parties involved in the successful effort to reestablish unfettered access to markets and the financial system of the United States on behalf of the newspapers of the La Estrella de Panama and El Siglo Editorial Group (GESE). This is a momentous achievement that reinforces the critical importance ...
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Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada

HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE TRAGEDY IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Our Nation is heartbroken.  We mourn with all whose loved ones were murdered and injured in last night’s horrible tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada.  As we grieve, ...
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President Donald J. Trump’s Working Dinner with President Juan Carlos Varela

Last night, President Donald J. Trump hosted a working dinner in New York with President Michel Temer of Brazil, President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, President Juan Carlos Varela of Panama, and Vice President Gabriela Michetti of Argentina.  President Trump thanked the Latin American leaders for their advocacy in support of the Venezuelan people and ...
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Six entrepreneurs to represent Panamá in the U.S. for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative -YLAI

The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce the 2017 cohort from Panama for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program .  The YLAI program supports the United States’ commitment to increase trade and investment in the region. Alexander Batista Trevia, Felipe Chen, Zu Hurley, Nay Quintero, Felipe García and Mariery Young have been accepted, out of more than 3,000 applications, to ...
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Remarks by the Vice President Pence and Panamanian President Varela in a Joint Statement

Palacio de las Garzas Panama City, Panama PRESIDENT VARELA:  (As interpreted.)  Good afternoon.  I would like to begin by energetically condemning the terrorist act that occurred today in Barcelona.  We share the pain of the people and of the Spanish government.  And we raise our prayers to the victims and their family members. Vice President ...
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Second Lady Karen Pence to meet with art therapists in Central and South America

WASHINGTON, DC – Second Lady Karen Pence will travel to Cartagena, Colombia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Santiago, Chile; and Panama City, Panama August 13-18, 2017. During her travel, Mrs. Pence will observe art therapy sessions and participate in roundtable discussions with art therapists. The visits will give the Second Lady an opportunity to listen to art ...
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Department of Treasury Sanctions the President of Venezuela

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated the President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro Moros, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13692, which authorizes sanctions against current or former officials of the Government of Venezuela and others undermining democracy in Venezuela.  These sanctions come a day after the ...
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Defending Democracy in Venezuela

Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC Washington, D.C.– The United States condemns the elections imposed on July 30 for the National Constituent Assembly, which is designed to replace the legitimately elected National Assembly and undermine the Venezuelan people’s right to self-determination. The United States stands by the people of Venezuela, and their constitutional representatives, in ...
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U.S. Government Acknowledges Panamanian Security Agencies Milestone in Biometric Registries

Panama City, 20 July 2017.- A protocol ceremony in acknowledgement of Panamanian Security agencies (Security Council, Ministry of Security, National Migration Service, National Border Service, National Air and Sea Service, and National Police) took place this morning at the United States Embassy in Panama headquarters. The purpose of the ceremony was to acknowledge Panama’s 20,000 ...
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Statement from President Donald J. Trump

Yesterday, the Venezuelan people again made clear that they stand for democracy, freedom, and rule of law.  Yet their strong and courageous actions continue to be ignored by a bad leader who dreams of becoming a dictator. The United States will not stand by as Venezuela crumbles.  If the Maduro regime imposes its Constituent Assembly ...
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United States Condemns Attack on Members of National Assembly of Venezuela

Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 5, 2017 The United States condemns the July 5 attack on members of the Venezuelan National Assembly by armed supporters of the government of President Nicolas Maduro. This violence, perpetrated during the celebration of Venezuela’s independence, is an assault on the democratic principles cherished by the men and ...
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Second Panama-United States High-Level Security Dialogue Meeting

During their meeting at the White House on June 19, 2017, President Juan Carlos Varela and President Donald J. Trump discussed the close ties of partnership between Panama and the United States and the need for continued cooperation on our shared security priorities.  On June 30, President Varela received a senior U.S. delegation, led by ...
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2017 Trafficking in Persons Report: Panama

Panama OFFICE TO MONITOR AND COMBAT TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report Tier 2 PANAMA: Tier 2 The Government of Panama does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so. The government demonstrated increasing efforts compared to the previous reporting period; therefore, Panama remained on Tier ...
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Presidents Juan Carlos Varela and Donald J. Trump celebrate historic meeting at the White House

Washington D.C.– President Donald J. Trump today met with President Juan Carlos Varela of Panama and discussed the close ties and longstanding partnership between the United States and Panama. President Trump underscored the need for continued cooperation to address drug trafficking and illegal migration in the region and expressed appreciation for President Varela’s strong partnership ...
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Vice President Mike Pence to Travel to Central and South America

Speaking at the inaugural Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America today, Vice President Mike Pence announced he will travel to Central and South America in August on behalf of President Trump. On August 13–18, 2017, the Vice President will travel to Cartagena and Bogota, Colombia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Santiago, Chile; and Panama City, ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement Regarding the Arrest and Detention of Ricardo Martinelli in the United States

We can confirm that United States Marshals arrested former Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli, on June 12, 2017, in Coral Gables, Florida, pursuant to an extradition request presented in September 2016 by the Government of Panama. He was held overnight at the Federal Detention Center, Miami, and made an appearance today, June 13, before United States ...
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Bronx Man And Michigan Man Arrested For Terrorist Activities On Behalf Of Hizballah’s Islamic Jihad Organization

Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of New York Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Dana Boente, the Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security, William F. Sweeney Jr., the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Visit of President Juan Carlos Varela of Panama

President Donald J. Trump looks forward to welcoming President Juan Carlos Varela of Panama to the White House on June 19, 2017.  President Trump and President Varela will discuss ways to reinforce the strong bilateral ties between the United States and Panama and our shared priorities in the fight against transnational organized crime, illegal migration, and ...
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Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá wins grant of 100K Strong

Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá (UTP) has been selected by The U.S. Department of State, Partners of the Americas and NAFSA: Association of International Educators as one of the grant winners of the latest 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund. In partnership with Wilkes University, Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá will create a program to provide ...
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Forty-seven New Peace Corps Volunteers Sworn-In

Forty-seven new Peace Corps volunteers will join the current 241 young Americans working in Panama. The new group of volunteers took part of a swear-in ceremony on Thursday, May 11th at the Interoceanic Canal Museum, in Casco Antiguo’s Plaza de la Independencia. These Peace Corps volunteers are young professionals who will work Teaching English, Leadership, and ...
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U.S. Embassy Panama loans Airport Security Equipment to Panamanian Civil Aviation Authority

As part of the joint efforts between Panamanian and U.S. authorities to improve regional transportation security, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) loaned equipment for aviation security screening.  This endeavor, which began back in 2015, comes on the heels of the renewed global commitment to enhance aviation security standards as adopted by UN Security Council ...
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Peace Corps Mourns the Loss of Volunteer Cody Oser

Acting Peace Corps Director Sheila Crowley is saddened to confirm the death of Peace Corps volunteer Cody Oser of Broomfield, Colorado. Cody, 24, passed away in the Comarca Ngäbe Bugle region of Panama on April 8, 2017. “Cody’s enthusiasm for helping others and knack for problem solving were remarkable and are a few of the ...
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Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) opens applications for 2017 scholarship

The U.S State Department opened applications for the 2017 program for Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) of entrepreneurship and leadership. For five (5) weeks, the selected candidates will participate in conferences with U.S. government officers and entrepreneurs in Washington, D.C, in addition to being trained with skills to boost their projects. YLAI connects ...
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U.S Embassy and American Outlaws donate soccer balls to children in El Chorrillo

As a prelude to the qualifying match for the 2018 World Cup between Panama and the United States, the diplomatic representation of the United States organized a series of recreational events dedicated to children of El Chorrillo neighborhood. The first event started at the New Generation Movement (Movimiento Nueva Generacion) cultural center where embassy staff ...
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Diplomatic panel celebrates progress on gender equality

How does the new generation of leaders promote gender equality? What are the challenges of the 21st century? These are some of the topics covered during the International Women’s Month today in the City of Knowledge. Under the Federal Women’s Program (FWP), the United States Embassy organized a conference that highlighted their contributions to society ...
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U.S. Embassy Supports Panama’s National Border Service in Humanitarian Aid Tour

Panama’s National Border Service (Senafront) and the Ministry of Health (Minsa) carry out a three-day humanitarian aid tour in the community of Puerto Obaldia, in the Guna Yala indigenous reservation. U.S. military personnel, via its diplomatic mission in Panama, provide transportation and logistics support to transport food and medicines to this remote location. Over 50 ...
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Statement by U.S. Ambassador to Panama John Feeley about US Citizen’s death

The horrible tragedy of Catherine Johannet’s death in Bocas del Toro, Panamá has shocked Panamá and devastated her family and friends. On behalf of the U.S. Embassy, I again express the tremendous regret we all feel at the senseless death of a talented young woman. The cooperation and genuine compassion shown to her family by ...
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Press Statement of a death of US Citizen

It is with great sadness that the Embassy confirms the death in Panama of Catherine M. Johannet, a United States citizen.  Multiple senior members of the Panamanian government have been working closely, throughout the weekend, along with the Ambassador, U.S. consular officials, and the FBI.  We express our regret to the family of Ms. Johannet.  ...
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Remarks of President Donald Trump – Inaugural Address

INAUGURAL ADDRESS REMARKS OF PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP    FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. As Prepared for Delivery – Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild ...
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Super Chef Panama 2017

Today, the fifth edition of the Super Chef Panama 2017 competition was launched. During the event, which took place at the Instituto Superior de Artes Culinarias Mise en Place, the 12 finalist contestants that will compite for the title of the fifth edition of “Super Chef” were presented. On Friday, January 13, the competition will ...
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GESE Statement

Based on multiple communications and assurances from parties involved in the issue concerning the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and GESE newspapers that they are working toward a permanent solution, which would render any license unnecessary and ensure the continued operation of La Estrella de Panama and El Siglo, OFAC issued today a modified ...
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President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to Attend the Inauguration of the Expansion of the Panama Canal

President Barack Obama today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to Attend the Inauguration of the Expansion of the Panama Canal in Panama City, Republic of Panama on June 26, 2016. Dr. Jill Biden will lead the delegation. Members of the Presidential Delegation: The Honorable John D. Feeley, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of ...
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Commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

On International Day Against Homophoia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, we stand in solidarity with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) persons worldwide.   We celebrate the progress made to advance a world where all persons are respected and can live free from fear and discrimination.  And today we reaffirm our belief all persons are born free ...
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Money Laundering

Treasury Sanctions The Waked Money Laundering Organization WASHINGTON. May 5, 2016. Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated the Waked Money Laundering Organization (Waked MLO) and its leaders, Nidal Ahmed Waked Hatum (Waked Hatum) and Abdul Mohamed Waked Fares (Waked Fares), as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers pursuant to ...
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Treasury Sanctions The Waked Money Laundering Organization

Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated the Waked Money Laundering Organization (Waked MLO) and its leaders, Nidal Ahmed Waked Hatum (Waked Hatum) and Abdul Mohamed Waked Fares (Waked Fares), as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act).  OFAC also targeted ...
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