Taiwan to continue strengthening relations with Belize: President Tsai

09/17/2021 06:36 PM
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President Tsai Ing-wen. Photo courtesy of the Presidential Office
President Tsai Ing-wen. Photo courtesy of the Presidential Office

Taipei, Sept. 17 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said the partnership between Taiwan and its diplomatic ally Belize will grow stronger over time at a virtual ceremony on Friday held to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Caribbean nation's independence.

Belize's embassy in Taiwan and the Taipei-based Central America Trade Office hosted the virtual ceremony to celebrate the independence day of the former British colony, and Tsai delivered the congratulatory remark via a pre-recorded video.

"Over our 32 years of diplomatic relations, Taiwan and Belize have developed a close friendship, collaborating on joint projects to promote healthcare, infrastructure and agricultural development," Tsai said.

Taiwan and Belize also signed agreements last year that will foster deeper collaboration on trade and investment, legal assistance and aviation services, according to Tsai.

"Going forward, we will continue to strengthen our nations' partnership and advance the wellbeing of our people," Tsai said, adding that she thanked Belize for supporting Taiwan's participation in international organizations.

Courtesy of the Presidential Office

Candice Augusta Pitts, the Belizean ambassador to Taiwan, underlined in her remark the friendship and mutual support her country has developed with Taiwan since the two established diplomatic ties in 1989.

"One of the striking commonalities between Belize and Taiwan, as well as our other diplomatic allies here, is the vigor with which we safeguard our territorial integrity and our unadulterated understanding of and appreciation for our sovereignty," the ambassador said.

In another pre-recorded video, John Briceno, Belize's prime minister, said his country cherishes "the special bond between the government and people of Belize and Taiwan" and looks forward to continued cooperation with friendly nations and allies around the world.

"Even as we continue to deal with our economic, health and other social shocks, we remain committed here in Belize and Taiwan to our core belief in the betterment of our people and in a world truly fit for humanity," said Briceno.

(By Teng Pei-ju)

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