After discussion and analysis of the dual citizenship question I sent this email the US Embassy in Panama.
“I have been writing a great deal about US citizens obtaining Panamanian citizenship by naturalization. As you know the government of Panama demands a signed statement voluntarily renouncing US citizenship before they will grant Panamanian nationalization. My interpretation of Section 349 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1481), as amended, states that U.S. citizens are subject to loss of citizenship if they perform certain specified acts voluntarily and with the intention to relinquish U.S. citizenship.
Since Panama requires this statement:
” I , XXXXXXXXX now declare that I act freely, without coercion, intimidation, no pressure and expressly and irrevocably renounce my national origin and hoped free and spontaneous welcome me to the Panamanian nationality …”
It is my interpretation that you cannot nationalize to Panama without relinquishing US citizenship.
What is the official position of the Embassy and State Department?
This was the simple one sentence answer.
“You have to come to the embassy and renounce to the citizenship”
This email is UNCLASSIFIED.
Maybe they should classify the fact that they read the law so narrowly, but they do.