INTRODUCTION Panama's head of government, Brigadier-general Omar Torrijos, is in the middle of a two-week overseas tour.
INTRODUCTION Panama's head of government, Brigadier-general Omar Torrijos, is in the middle of a two-week overseas tour. His trip comes at a time when as Panama's strong man, he faces his biggest crisis as head of government since he seized power in a military coup eight year ago.
SYNOPSIS: The main part of his tour is a five-day official visit to the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriyah, formerly Libya, where the Brigadier-General arrived on Tuesday (12 April). The Panamanian leader was greeted at Tripoli airport by Major Abdel-Salem Jalloud, a member of the General Secretariat of the country's General People's Congress. Brigadier-General Torrijos's tour comes when two major problems confront him at home -- a serious economic depression and a long hiatus in the talks with the United States regarding control of the strategic canal which bisects Panama. He went to Tripoli from Canada.
Jamahiriyah's leader, Muammar Gaddafi, received Panama's leader at his home later and they began talks. Brigadier-General Torrijos then attended a banquet given in his honour by Major Jalloud.