Taiwan foreign minister attends inauguration of Guatemalan president

01/14/2020 09:12 PM
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Taipei, Jan. 14 (CNA) Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) is currently in Guatemala for the inauguration of that country's President Alejandro Eduardo Giammattei, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday.

Wu left for Guatemala as a special envoy of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Jan. 12, said Liu Yu-chi (劉聿綺), deputy director-general of the MOFA's Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs, at a regular press conference.

According to Liu, Wu will extend Tsai's congratulations to Giammattei and meet Guatemalan Foreign Minister Pedro Brolo, to discuss issues of common concern, including the direction of future cooperation between the two countries.

Wu will also meet Jimmy Morales, Guatemala's outgoing President, to express the appreciation of Taiwan's people for his staunch support of Taiwan over the past four years, Liu said.

Guatemala is one of Taiwan's nine diplomatic allies in Latin America and Caribbean.

After Guatemala, Wu will head to Honduras, another diplomatic ally in the region, for a one-day visit that seeks to strengthen bilateral cooperation and friendship between the two peoples, Liu said, adding that Wu and his delegation are scheduled to return to Taipei on Jan. 19.

According to the ministry, Giammattei won the presidency at a general election on Aug. 11, 2019 and visited Taiwan two months later as president-elect.

He met with Tsai at that time and expressed confidence that the two countries will continue to strengthen their relationship.

(By Emerson Lim)

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