The Washington Times - September 12, 2013, 01:45PM

Vice President Joseph R. Biden has scrapped a planned trip to Panama next week, the White House said Thursday.

The visit was scheduled for the latter half of next week, following Mr. Biden’s travel to South Carolina, Georgia and Mexico. Those trips, the administration said, still will take place.

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The administration gave no reason why the vice president no longer will visit Panama, though both Mr. Biden and President Obama in recent weeks have canceled scheduled appearance to stay in Washington and lobby lawmakers to support military action in Syria.

Mr. Biden will travel to Charleston, S.C., and Savannah, Ga., on Monday to “highlight the importance of infrastructure investments in America’s ports to growing our economy,” the White House said.

In Mexico, Mr. Biden will launch an “economic dialogue” between the U.S. and Mexico and later will headline the two nations’ Bilateral Forum on Education, Innovation and Research.

Mr. Biden also will meet privately with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

In Panama, he was scheduled to tour the Panama Canal expansion project and meet with that country’s president, Ricardo Martinelli.