President Donald Trump meets with Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela (7 images)

President Donald Trump met with Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela at the White House on June 19, 2017.

First lady Melania Trump and Panama's first lady, Lorena Castillo, attended the meeting as well.

The leaders discussed economic ties between the two countries, illegal immigration, the fight against organized crime and the ongoing political unrest in Venezuela.
Updated: June 20, 2017 at 8:09 AM
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President Donald Trump (2nd, L) and first lady Melania Trump (L) welcome Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela (2nd, R) and first lady Lorena Castillo. Photo by Mike Theiler/UPI
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President Donald Trump (L) guides Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela in to the White House. Varela was elected president of Panama in 2014. Photo by Mike Theiler/UPI
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President Donald Trump (R) pauses with Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela along the colonnade near the Oval Office. Prior to his presidential term, Varela served as Panama's vice president alongside former president Ricardo Martinelli. Martinelli was arrested in Florida last week. Photo by Molly Riley/UPI
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Lorena Castillo, Panama's first lady, and U.S. first lady Melania Trump (R) stand outside the Oval Office. After a meeting with their husbands, the first ladies spoke about their own initiatives over lunch at the White House. Photo by Molly Riley/UPI
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President Donald Trump shakes hands with Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela (L) in the Oval Office as first lady Melania Trump looks on. "We have many things to discuss," Trump said about the meeting. Photo by Molly Riley/UPI
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President Donald Trump shakes hands with Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela (L) in the Oval Office. Photo by Molly Riley/UPI
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President Donald Trump meets with Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela (L) in the Oval Office. "There’s a long friendship between Panama and the United States," Varela said, "and we face the same challenges in the region. So the idea of this visit is to work closely together to face the same challenges that we have in the region of Central America and Latin America and in our continent." Photo by Molly Riley/UPI
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