Washington, DC - Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Panamanian President-Elect Laurentino Cortizo to congratulate him on his electoral victory May 5.  The Secretary expressed his appreciation of the U.S.-Panama relationship and his desire to see it grow stronger. 

The United States enjoys excellent cooperation with Panama on counternarcotics, illegal immigration, and counterterrorism.  The Secretary recognized Panama’s partnership in promoting stability in the region, including its vital role as an advocate for democracy in Venezuela and Nicaragua.  The Secretary urged President-Elect Cortizo to prioritize transparency and sustainable, broad-based economic growth.