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Rejection of Blinken’s visit stands out in Panama

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Rejection of Blinken’s visit stands out in Panama

Panama City, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) The rejection of popular movements in Panama to the upcoming visit of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stood out in the week that ends today.
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Following the State Department’s announcement of the visit of the high-ranking official on April 19 and 20 to attend a regional meeting on migration, the National Front for the Defense of Economic and Social Rights considered the head of US diplomacy persona non grata.

Blinken will participate in the Ministerial Conference on Migration and Protection, which is expected to be attended by foreign ministers and defense ministers of Latin American and Caribbean nations to discuss actions to ensure safe, orderly and humane migration in the hemisphere.

However, experts question Washington’s speech and allege that it has double standards, because certain nations, such as Cuba, are closed to this type of emigration, encouraging the use of irregular routes to reach the US.

In Panama, other analysts point out that the visit of Washington’s delegation takes place a few weeks before the United States lifts border restrictions with Mexico, by repealing a rule that allows the immediate expulsion of migrants, known as Title 42.

That decision, they indicate, could increase the already higher flows in the first quarter of this year in relation to a similar stage in 2021, according to records of the National Migration Service.

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