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Taiwan, Paraguay sign joint statement to consolidate ties

2018/10/08 18:05

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文, right) and President Mario Abdo Benitez of Paraguay.

Taipei, Oct. 8 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and President Mario Abdo Benitez of Paraguay signed a joint statement Monday for deepening relations and friendship between the two countries that date back to 1957.

Under the statement, the two countries reaffirmed the values and principles they have embraced in their democratic systems and to which they are committed to making their cordial relations deeper, the Presidential Office said in a press release.

The joint statement signifies a "new era" of relations between the two countries focusing on further cooperation in facilitating bilateral investment, trade and infrastructure until 2023, according to the Presidential Office.

The signing of the joint statement came after Tsai and Abdo Benitez met on the second day of his first state visit to Taiwan.

Tsai said in her opening remarks that Taiwan will expand the scope of scholarships for Paraguayan students, raise its quota for imported beef from Paraguay, and enhance cooperation in vocational training to advance bilateral relations.

For his part, Abdo Benitez said relations between Paraguay and Taiwan are based on their common beliefs and that he hoped the two sides will further consolidate their cooperation for the benefit of the people of the two countries.

(By Shih Hsiu-chuan)Enditem/J