Mercedes López Acea, a vice president of the Council of State, received the First Lady of Panama, Lorena Castillo de Varela, Thursday, September 28, who arrived to Cuba with a shipment of donations, as part of the aid offered by her country to the island following Hurricane Irma.
During the friendly meeting, the First Lady of Panama offered a message of solidarity on behalf of the Panamanian people and government, for the human and material losses caused by the weather phenomenon.
Mercedes López Acea expressed the gratitude of the Cuban people and government for the efforts made by Panama, and offered the distinguished visitor an update on the recovery efforts undertaken to date on the island to improve the living conditions of the affected population, and respond to economic damages.
Castillo de Varela was accompanied by the Director of Social Projection of the Office of the First Lady, Nelson Castillo, and Abel Eloy Medianero, Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of the Embassy of Panama to Cuba.
Participating on the Cuban side were the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Director for Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean, Jorge Luis Mayo Fernández, together with other Foreign Ministry officials.