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President Ma to leave for Central America Sunday

2016/03/12 12:06:51

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Taipei, March 12 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) will depart Sunday on a seven-day visit to two of Taiwan's diplomatic allies in Central America, his last overseas trip before leaving office in May.

Ma is scheduled to arrive in Guatemala on March 14 after a transit stop in the U.S. city of Houston. Then on March 16, he will head to Belize, and is scheduled to leave the country on March 17. On his way back, he will make another stopover in the U.S., this time in Los Angeles, before returning to Taiwan on March 19.

During his transit stop in Houston, Ma is expected to meet with several U.S. congressmen and visit a plant of the Formosa Plastics Group (FPG), Taiwan's largest investment in the United States.

In Guatemala, Ma will hold talks with the country's new president, Jimmy Morales. He will also deliver a speech at the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), which is headquartered in Guatemala City, and meet with PARLACEN President José Antonio Alvarado.

During his stay in Belize, Ma will meet with Belizean Prime Minister Dean Barrow and government heads of three of Taiwan's diplomatic allies in the Caribbean -- Saint Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Timothy Harris, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, and Saint Lucia Prime Minister Kenny Anthony.

(By Hsieh Chia-chen and Y.F. Low)