(TICOTIMES.NET) — PANAMA CITY — Panama has reached a deal to transfer nearly 4,000 U.S.-bound Cubans stranded on its territory to Mexico, an official said on Sunday, but added the flights would not be extended to future Cuban migrants. The airlift’s announcement was followed with word Monday that Panama would close its southern border with Colombia to Cubans without visas.
Panama will transfer some 3,800 Cubans to Mexico after an agreement with that country,” the Panamanian official told AFP on condition of anonymity because details were not to be released until Monday.
The official said daily flights would begin on Monday from Panama City’s international airport, going to Juárez, in Mexico’s north near the U.S. border.
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Each planeload would carry 154 Cubans who would pay the cost of the trip themselves.