US Ambassador To Panama Says He Cannot Serve Trump, Resigns

The ambassador declared the end of his 35-year career with the US government effective March 9.

The United States´ Panamanian Ambassador John D. Feeley announced his resignation Thursday, saying he could not serve under president Donald Trump.

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"As a junior foreign service officer, I signed an oath to serve faithfully the president and his administration in an apolitical fashion, even when I might not agree with certain policies. My instructors made clear that if I believed I could not do that, I would be honor bound to resign. That time has come," Feeley said.

In an open letter published on the embassy's website, addressed to the Central American president, Juan Carlos Verla and Vice President Isabel Saint Malo, the ambassador declared the end of his career with the US government effective March 9.

Throughout his 35 years in both the nation’s Marines and Department of State, the ambassador dedicated his efforts to supporting integration and maintaining good relations between the Americas. According to the letter, the US ambassador leaves his position with a feeling of immense gratitude to the foreign government and the citizens of Panama who shared a relationship of mutual friendship, respect and teamwork.

Feeley’s duties with the Panamanian government will be assumed by Deputy Chief of Mission, Roxanne Cabral, until a suitable replacement can be found.

 

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Costa Rica Returns 66 Cubans to Panama for Illegal Entry

The General Directorate of Migration and Immigration of Costa Rica have returned 66 Cubans to Panama for entering the country illegally and have reiterated the official position of denying the entry of illegal migrants.

"The Costa Rican government rejects all citizens who are illegal, and who, upon checking their documents, are proved to come from that southern neighboring country," said a statement from Migration and Immigration, released on the Internet.

It states that 'according to figures from the Directorate General of Migration and Immigration, from August 1st to 3rd, 66 Cuban citizens were identified to have entered via Paso Canoas and have already been returned to Panama'.

The statement stresses that the Costa Rican government is respectful of human rights, but warns of their inability to continue receiving and taking care of new illegal migration flows.

Therefore, it says, the authorities will apprehend and initiate deportation proceedings against anyone who enters the national territory illegally.

These migrants use Central American countries as transit to the United States, a country whose legislation favors illegal migration of Cubans.

That policy is rejected by the governments of the region, because it is discriminatory against other nationalities.

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Panama: Honoris Causa to Raul Castro: Symbol of Friendship

Cuban First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel, said today that the title of Doctor Honoris Causa conferred to Cuban President Raul Castro is a symbol of friendship and historical similarities between the peoples of Cuba and Panama.

The highest honorary academic recognition awarded by the University of Panama was unanimously awarded to the Cuban leader because of the international political stance exemplary to promote dialogue and understanding between various currents of the continent. In addition, the accepted policy of the Cuban government in the creation of forums for consultation as Petrocaribe, ALBA and Caricom, through which the Caribbean nation promotes solidarity programs aimed at improving the education and health of the people, says the document..

In a speech, Diaz-Canel said it is an honor to receive such a distinction at the hands of the highest educational institution in this country brother, linked to the revolutionary struggles for sovereignty and the return of the Canal Zone.

A work in which a hundred Cubans, most of them members of the Liberation Army, such as the Bronze Titan Antonio Maceo and his brother Jose, leading figures in the struggle for the independence of Cuba, he said.

He further highlighted the contribution of Dr. Carlos J. Finlay, whose studies and health campaigns helped eradicate yellow fever in Cuba and Panama, thus avoiding decimate the workforce that built the interoceanic route.

Diaz-Canel recalled how the people, youth and the revolution in his country supported the heroic struggle for the return of the Canal, led by General Omar Torrijos, whom the Cuban leader, Fidel Castro, considered a symbol of continental unity and a consistent, loyal and worthy friend.

He said that for Cubans this distinctive (University of Panama) keeps a historical symbolism, because it was an active witness of the battle to arrest those responsible for the assassination attempt against President Fidel Castro during the Ibero-American Summit developed here in November 2000 .

This university has been the scene of important facts and events associated with the emancipation of the continent, but also rostrum of the struggle of the Panamanian people for their sovereignty, said Diaz-Canel.

For his part, the Rector of the University of Panama, Gustavo Garcia Paredes, said that after the revolutionary triumph of January 1, 1959 on the island, people began to think otherwise, while cleared the way for the start national liberation process in the region.

The academic said President Raul Castro was able to restore relations with the United States without sacrificing the dignity and the principles of the Revolution.

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University of Panama Awards Honorary Prize to Cuban President

Cuban First Vice President, Miguel Diaz-Canel, will today, on behalf of the Cuban President, Raul Castro, accept a honorary prize which was granted to the latter in January, by the emblematic University of Panama.

Diaz-Canel is visiting the country on the occasion of the inauguration ceremony of the expanded Panama Canal Zone.

The Cuban First Vice President met yesterday with Panamanian President, Juan Carlos Varela, and the heads of State and Government who are attending the inauguration ceremony of the third set of locks of the inter-oceanic waterway.

The top Caribbean leader was accompanied by Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister, Ana Teresita Gonzalez, and the Cuban ambassador to Panama, Antonio Miguel Pardo.

Yesterday, they toured the Old Town of the city and paid a tribute to the Cuban scientist, Carlos J. Finlay, in a plaque located in the Plaza Francia in the historic area.

Finlay's discovery that the Aedes aegypti mosquito was the carrier of dengue fever, saved the lives of many of the builders of the Panama Cana, many of whom died as a result of not knowing that the mosquito was the carrier.

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Grammy winner praises Cuban Septeto Habanero

Havana.- Panamanian singer Ruben Blades, who recently won a Grammy Award for his album Son de Panama, congratulated the Santiaguero Septet by its CD No quiero llanto. Tributo a Los Compadres, also nominated to this contest.

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Cuba and Panama Sign Migratory Accord

Havana, September 10 (RHC)-- Cuba and the Republic of Panama signed a bilateral migratory accord toward facilitating travel between the two countries.

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