After completing his work tour in the United Kingdom, the President of the Republic, Juan Carlos Varela, arrived in Israel today where he held a private meeting with the State President, Reuven Rivlin, where both expressed the interest to continue strengthening the ties of friendship and cooperation between both countries.
The President was accompanied by the First Lady of the Republic, Lorena Castillo de Varela; the Vice President and Chancellor of the Republic, Isabel Saint Malo de Alvarado; the ambassador of Panama in Israel, Adis Urieta; Ministers of State and members of the delegation.
At arriving to the Presidential House, located in Jerusalem, both delegations gave a formal greeting, and sang the national anthems of each nation.
President Varela pointed out that the diplomatic relations between both countries is very solid and considered it a very important opportunity for them to continue working on the existing agenda in the fields of trade, education, security, agriculture, water and technology.
"The Jewish community in Panama is very important, as they contribute significantly to the development of the country”, said Varela.
For his part, the President of the State of Israel, Reuven Rivlin said that the friendship between Panama and Israel is based on true values.
Then, the Panamanian official delegation held a meeting with President Rivlin.
Equally, the First Lady Castillo de Varela met with the wife of the President of the State of Israel, Nechama Rivlin.
Visit to historical sites
The Panamanian President visited Mount Herzl, where he placed an offering in the tomb of Theodor Herzl, founder of modern political Zionism and also planted a tree in the Grove of Nations, becoming the 107th President to do so.
"The planting of this tree fills me with a very deep feeling when I remember the sacrifice of all the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for the State of Israel”, he said.
Self Sustainable farms
The State delegation also toured the "Ben Shemen Youth Vilage" where they could see the operation of a "self-sustainable Israeli farm" that uses hydroponic crops (plantations based on a method that dispenses with the land to replace them with nutritious mineral solutions).
These farms are supported by the Agency for the Development of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel (MASHAV), which seeks to share the experience of Israel in the social, educational and technological fields around the world.
More than 400 young people are trained in this farm in the latest agricultural technologies.
Tomorrow, President Varela will hold a meeting with the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu and meetings with authorities related to the water, agriculture, technology and security sectors.