Spain's Rajoy arrives in Panama to participate in Ibero-American Summit

Panama City, Oct 17 (EFE).- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy arrived in Panama on Thursday to take part in the 23rd Ibero-American Summit gathering the heads of state and government from Latin America, Spain and Portugal.

In brief remarks, Rajoy conveyed the greetings of the Spanish people to Panama and emphasized that all participants at the summit want to move forward in improving the well-being and progress of the societies of the countries that make up the Ibero-American community.

"I'm certain that this summit will be a success," he emphasized.

The premier on Friday will begin his official agenda in Panama by inaugurating the 2nd Communications Forum of Ibero-America and, later, he will participate in the Business Encounter, organized to take place simultaneously with the summit.

Before attending the summit's inaugural session, Rajoy will attend a working lunch with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and, along with Spanish Crown Prince Felipe, he will later attend the inauguration of the new seat of the Latin American Parliament.

Both in the conversations with other Ibero-American leaders and in the scheduled events, Rajoy intends to continue transmitting the message that the Spanish economy is recovering.

That message was conveyed on Thursday by the prince at the opening of the Business Encounter.

This year's Ibero-American Summit will be the first one not attended by Spain's King Juan Carlos, who recently underwent hip surgery.

While Rajoy is Spain's official representative at the summit, Crown Prince Felipe is to take part in the inauguration and the gala dinner.