226. Memorandum From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Brzezinski) to Secretary of State Vance, Secretary of the Treasury Blumenthal, Secretary of Commerce Kreps, and the Special Representative for Trade Negotiations (Strauss)1


  • U.S. Investment Team to Panama

In his meeting with Panamanian President Royo, on May 10, 1979,2 President Carter agreed to Royo’s suggestion that the U.S. government send a high-level team to Panama to encourage U.S. investment and trade with that country. Both Presidents referred to the Strauss Mission to Egypt and Israel as an example of the kind of mission the U.S. should [Page 559] send to Panama.3 The State Department should coordinate this effort with agencies in the government, interested Members of Congress, the U.S. business community, and the Panamanian government. Please report as appropriate.4

Zbigniew Brzezinski
  1. Source: Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Brzezinski Material, Brzezinski Office File, Box 38, Brzezinski Office File Country Chron., Panama, 1-7/79. Confidential.
  2. See Document 224.
  3. See footnote 7, Document 224.
  4. See Document 248.