HAVANA.- Cuba and Panama signed a new migratory agreement aimed at relaxing the visa application process between the two countries. The signing was made during the recent visit made to Havana by Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela.

The Panamanian president told press in Havana that the signing of a migratory cooperation agreement would allow the change from a restricted to a stamped visa (for Cuban citizens).

The migratory agreement will make Cuba-Panama trips more flexible, thus allowing advances to take place in human and social integration and the exchange of information (...) It is an agreement that will help bring the people from the two countries closer together, he added.

Varela was welcomed by his Cuban peer, Raúl Castro, at the Palacio de la Revolución (Palace of the Revolution).

As part of his agenda, the Panamanian president visited the Solidarity with Panama School, which opened in the 1980s for children with motor disabilities.

Varela came to Cuba accompanied by a delegation consisting of 12 businesspeople and the Minister for Trade and Industries, Melitón Arrocha. The other activities of his agenda included a tour of the Mariel Special Development Zone west of Havana, which he did accompanied by the Cuban Foreign Trade and Investment Minister, Rodrigo Malmierca.

He also visited the Latin American School of Medicine, where he met with Panamanian students who are being trained as doctors in Cuba.

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