Martinelli: Panama does not endorse ambassador's view about Venezuela
The Venezuelan foreign minister on Thursday told a Colombian radio network that he spoke with the Panamanian president, who apologized for the opinion voiced by his ambassador to the Organization of American States
"We do not endorse the opinion of Ambassador Cochez; neither does the Panamanian State. That was his personal view," Martinelli told reporters, EFE cited.
"Panama reaffirms its stance of respect for the domestic political processes of States. In the case of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, we hope for the prompt recovery of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez," read a Panamanian official communiqué issued on Thursday.
For his part, Ambassador Cochez told a Panamanian radio station that he just criticized the OAS Secretary-General José Miguel Insulza's decision to uphold the situation facing Venezuela.
On Thursday, Venezuelan newly appointed Foreign Minister Elías Jaua revealed told a Colombian radio network that he spoke with the Panamanian president, who apologized for the opinion voiced by his ambassador to the OAS.
Around 1.5 million Venezuelans have decided to emigrate in search of a better future for their families. The figure accounts to between 4% and 6% of the overall population. Approximately 88% of these expatriates have made up their mind to emigrate over the last 15 years.