According to Panama’s Ministry of Foreign Relations, consular relations with Venezuela will soon resume, with full cooperation from Venezuela.
Diplomatic and economic relations were severed March 5 by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Maduro accused Panama’s government of interference in Venezuelan affairs by supporting an alleged U.S. conspiracy to overthrow his government.
Since February, political unrest in Venezuela has resulted in 42 deaths, thousands injured, and more that 3,000 arrests.
The renewal of relations between the two nations may have been encouraged by Panama’s recent election which resulted in a new party winning the presidency. Maduro responded with a post on Twitter which stated, “I just talk to the president-elect of Panama Juan Carlos Varela, congratulated him on behalf of our people wishing him every success.”