On April 10, 2018, H.E. Ritter Diaz, the Ambassador of the Republic of Panama to Japan, celebrated a Friendly cocktail at his official residence, on the occasion of the celebration of World Youth Day 2019 in Panama (WYD2019), which will be held in Panama City on January 22- 27, 2019.
This cocktail started with greetings from Ambassador Diaz, where he expressed his gratitude to participants, highlighting the importance of WYD2019 as well as the campaign carried out by the national government to create awareness of this event, which is organized by Catholic Church, under the leadership of Pope Francis.
Ambassador Diaz also delivered a presentation on WYD2019, explaining its backgrounds, theme, meaning of official logo, scheduled activities, as well as the application procedure for participants.
After the presentation of Ambassador Diaz, H.E. Reverend Tarcisius Isao Kikuchi, Archbishop of Tokyo, made a toast for the success of WYD2019, the health of Pope Francis and all participants, accompanied by H.E. Takahiro Nakamae, Director General of Latin-American and the Caribbean Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, H.E. Jorge Barakat, Administrator of Panama Maritime Authority and Ambassador Diaz.
This event also counted on the participation of Ambassadors and diplomats from the countries of the Central American Integration System (SICA), Chancellor of Sophia University, Sisters from St. Ignatius Church and Japanese catholic young people, who are interested in joining to WYD2019.
This event concluded with a cocktail where all the participants could taste Panamanian cuisine, watching the promotional video of WYD2019.