President Ghali Visits Panama, Invited for the investiture of the New President Laurentino Cortizo Cohen
Panama City (Panama) June 30, 2019 (SPS) – The President of the Republic, Secretary General of the Frente POLISARIO, Mr. Brahim Ghali, arrived on Saturday in the Panamanian capital at the invitation of the government of that country to participate in the ceremony of transmission of presidential command and investiture of the new President of the Republic of Panama, Laurentino Cortizo Cohen.
The President of the Republic was received at the Tocumen International Airport by representatives of the Panamanian National Authorities, where a military unit on duty gave him military honors, before addressing the Panamanian and international press invited for the inauguration of the new Panamanian president .
The President of the Republic, in statements to the press, reaffirmed the strength of historical relations between the Republic of Panama and the Saharawi Republic, reiterating the desire to further consolidate these relations, and expressed his gratitude for this invitation.
During this visit, the President of the Republic will hold talks with the Panamanian authorities, Heads of State and Government and delegations invited to the inauguration of the new President.
The President of the Republic is accompanied, on this visit, by an important Saharawi delegation that includes Mr. Mansur Omar, Delegate Minister for Latin America, Ali Mahmud, Ambassador in Panama, Suleima Tayeb, Ambassador in Nicaragua, Abdati Breika, Councilor of the Presidency of the Republic, Omar Hassana, first secretary of the Saharawi embassy in Panama, as well as other officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the SADR.
President-elect of Panama, Nito Cortizo, highlights the “great relations” with the Saharawi Republic
The president of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Brahim Gali, met with the elected president of the Republic of Panama, Nito Cortizo, to express the congratulations of the Saharawi people and express their will to continue strengthening the excellent relations with the Latin American country.
Brahim Gali, who had already described Panama as “an example of solidarity and aid to just struggles in the world,” approached with his counterpart the relations between the two peoples and the need to continue strengthening the bridges of exchange between Africa and Latin America .
The new president of Panama, Nito Cortizo, expressed his satisfaction for the meeting, highlighting that “we are two geographically remote countries, but with great relationships”.
Panama recognized and initiated diplomatic relations with the Saharawi State on June 23, 1978. A fact that gives the Latin American country a privileged place in the history and struggle of the Saharawi people.
President Brahim Gali pays tribute to Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos Herrera
The president of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic and Secretary General of the Polisario Front, Brahim Gali, pays homage to the Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos Herrera, whom he described as “a great man who worked his country and supported the just causes, among them the cause of the Saharawi people “.
Referring to the leadership of Omar Torrijos Herrera and his role in promoting official relations between the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic and the Republic of Panama, Brahim Gali said that the former president of Panama “is present in the collective memory of the Saharawi people.”
For his part, Martín Torrijos, former president of Panama (2004-2009) and president of the Omar Torrijos Foundation, the occasion represents an opportunity to reiterate the support for the Saharawi people and their just struggle. “It is a pleasure for Panama, a free, independent and sovereign people. You will always be welcome, you and your people, “added Torrijos in the message of welcome to the Saharawi president.