The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today met with the new Permanent Representative of the Republic of Panama to the hemispheric organization, Ambassador Arturo Ulysses Vallarino Bartuano, who presented his credentials on Tuesday to the General Secretariat.
At the meeting the two officials discussed the important role that Panama plays in hemispheric relations and highlighted the responsibility that the representation of this country will have beginning April 1, when it will assume the Chair of the Permanent Council for the next three months, during which time Member States will work on the preparations for the 43rd Regular Session of the OAS General Assembly to be held on June 4 to 6 in Antigua, Guatemala.
The meeting also addressed the issue of the preparations for the Seventh Summit of the Americas that Panama has offered to host in 2015. The OAS acts as technical secretariat and institutional memory of the Summit process in which the heads of state and government of the region take part.
Ambassador Vallarino was vice president of Panama during the administration of Mireya Moscoso and leader of the Nationalist Republican Liberal Movement.
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