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Security & Strategic Review - May 2022

PANAMA/REGION: US urges regional cooperation on migration

In April US Secretary of State Antony Blinken paid a visit to Panama where he met President Laurentino Cortizo, signed a bilateral accord on migration and co-hosted a ministerial meeting on migration, attended by representatives from 20 countries. His visit and the meeting reflect US efforts to address the issue of illegal migration - a top priority for the administration led by President Joe Biden with regard to the region. It comes as Panama has signalled alarm about the surge in migrants making their way through the Darién Gap, a dense jungle without roads bordering Colombia, which last August led Panama to hold an unprecedented virtual regional meeting to address the issue [SSR-21-10].

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