The governments of Mexico and Panama have agreed on a solution to facilitate the transit of irregular Cuban immigrant who are in the country, in a bilateral meeting between the nations presidents, the Foreign Ministry announced today.
Presidents Juan Carlos Varela and Enrique Peña Nieto met last January 27th on the sidelines of the 4th Summit of the Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), held in Quito, Ecuador.
Panama is grateful for Mexico solidarity and its commitment to the full respect of human rights, which has led to find a solution to the humanitarian situation faced by Cuban nationals, victims of illegal human trafficking, who undertake a dangerous journey with a heavy toll, the statement adds.
The statement stresses that Mexico granted an exceptional solution that will allow the direct, fast, organized and secure transfer of migrants from Panama to Mexico.
The statement only added that the solution will be applied “over the next days”, without specifying the date, with the commitment of keeping the collaboration with countries in the region to address the migratory issues in a comprehensive manner and seek for joint solutions.
This group of about 1,200 irregular migrants remains in Panama northern border and have been distributed in temporary shelters in the province of Chiriquí, according to health sources in the region.