ROSEAU, Dominica, Friday March 16, 2012 – The Republic of Panama and the Commonwealth of Dominica signed an agreement to establish diplomatic relations yesterday.
The signing was witnessed by OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza. The documents were signed by Permanent Representatives of Dominica and Panama to the Organisation of American States (OAS), Hubert Charles, and Guillermo Cochez, respectively signed the documents which set up ambassadorial level relations between the two countries.
Mr. Cochez said the two countries were sister nations, and shared unique bonds that shaped the nations over the years through culture and many aspects of the people.
Meanwhile, Ambassador Charles said the agreement would not only strengthen his country’s relations with Panama, but also establish the viability of partnerships as a viable tool in the national arsenal.
He added that after joining the OAS 34 years ago, Dominica had plans on establishing diplomatic relations with all member states by the end of 2012.
The ambassador also praised the work of the Panama Ambassador in bringing about the agreement, and gave the assurance that it was not the end, but the beginning.
He also pledged that his country would do its part in ensuring that there were results in the strengthening of the social, cultural and economic ties between the two countries.