Panama is about to sign a military cooperation agreement with the United States that will include the use of the so-called aeronaval bases and military training of Panama's police.
The agreement hasn't been made public so far on request of the Martinelli government. The agreement is very similar to that between the United States and Colombia, which generated heated debate and fierce protests from neighboring countries.
The US ambassador in Colombia, William Brownfield, said in an interview with El Espectador, published in English by Colombia Report:
Some people suggest that this agreement (with Colombia) is different, but it is really the same as with other countries, so much so that we are about to sign military cooperation agreements with two other Latin American countries, whose government have asked us us to keep silent at the moment to avoid the types of reactions that these agreements tend to produce.
One of these two countries is Panama.