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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Readout of the President's calls with Colombian President Santos and Panamanian President Martinelli

Earlier this afternoon, President Obama called President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia and President Ricardo Martinelli of Panama to congratulate each after having signed the implementing legislation for the Colombia and Panama Trade Promotion Agreements.  The President noted that the agreements indicate the deep and enduring ties between the United States and both Colombia and Panama.  In the calls the President underscored the importance of meeting the obligations of the agreements as each country moves toward implementation, as well as continued progress on implementation of the Colombia Labor Action Plan.  Finally, the presidents discussed issues of mutual interest, including the upcoming Summit of the Americas, the Middle East, and trade.