On a drizzly November evening, the Panamanian Ambassador to Israel, H.E. Adis Urieta Vega and the embassy personal brought warmth and cheer at a meeting of friends and colleagues at the embassy offices.
The occasion was just that – a welcome meeting of Panamanian expats, Central American diplomats, local friends and business people connected to Panama. The theme was a celebration of a month of Panamanian national holidays, plus tourism, culture, business – and friendship.
The atmosphere was relaxed and low key; guests could just have a good time with the pleasant background music and the delightful buffet meal. (Panamanian-Israeli chef Moises Ben Zadon prepared typical Panamanian dishes for the guests.)
The Ambassador addressed the gathering. She spoke briefly of the tiny country’s history, its struggle and eventual release from the colonial masters, the battles against poverty and illiteracy and its eventual successes.
She added that the economy keeps improving and beats the annual economic growth of all other Central American states. “Lonely Planet” (a tour guide) has indicated that Panama is one of the world’s most attractive tourist destinations.
Tiny Panama also has the world’s largest commercial shipping fleet – the Panamanian flag can be seen on ships worldwide. The 1977 Torrijos–Carter Treaties led to the transfer of the famous canal from the United States to Panama on December 31, 1999.
Her Excellency concluded by thanking all the guests for joining in at this informal Panamanian event and reminded them that she and staff are always open to ideas and projects that are of mutual benefit.
The director and staff at www.diplomacy.co.il extend their best wishes to the ambassador for many, many years of friendly Panama-Israel diplomacy.
Photo Silvia Golan