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Panama's Foreign Minister Francisco Alvarez De Soto speaks during a... News PhotoDiplomacy,Foreign Minister,Politics,Press Conference,Talking,VerticalPhotographer Collection: AFP 2014 AFPPanama's Foreign Minister Francisco Alvarez De Soto speaks during a press conference in Panama City on March 7, 2014. Maduro said his government was breaking diplomatic relations with Panama on March 5, 2014, after the country called a meeting of North and Latin American nations over protests in Caracas. Writing on Twitter, Panama President Ricardo Martinelli said that the move was 'surprising,' adding: 'Panama only longs for our sister country to find peace and strengthen its democracy.' Earlier, during a ceremony marking the anniversary of Hugo Chavez's death, Maduro said he had also decided to freeze all trade and economic ties with the Central American nation. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)