Panama City, PANAMA- Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) released the following statement after leading meetings with Panamanian President Martinelli and Public Security Minister Mulino in Panama City followed by a visit to the Panama Canal:

“U.S. - Panama security efforts will work to ensure that criminal organizations no longer have the ability to destabilize or threaten regional security. The Panamanian Government has stepped up their efforts and together we will continue working to prevent drugs and violence from plaguing the region.” 

“Panama is also a key economic partner.  The delegation was briefed on the expansion of the Panama Canal and was impressed with the efforts planned over the next few years.  This is critical for commerce and trade in the U.S. and will benefit the state of Texas more than any other state.”