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Taiwan welcomes Honduran president with 21-gun salute

Taiwan welcomes Honduran president with 21-gun salute

Taipei, July 24 (CNA) Taiwan held a 21-gun salute Friday to welcome Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, who is visiting the country for the first time since he took office in January 2014 to promote bilateral ties.
The ceremony, which took place on the grounds of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, was attended by President Ma Ying-jeou, his Honduran counterpart, several senior Taiwanese government officials and the Honduran delegation.
In his address, Ma said he has "special personal feelings" for Honduras, which he visited in 2000 in his capacity as Taipei mayor. After he took office as president in 2008, Ma said, he visited the nation again in 2010 and 2014 to attend Honduran presidential inauguration ceremonies.
He said he has witnessed the progress Honduras has made in its national development over the years.
Taiwan and Honduras have conducted cooperation in agriculture, education and culture, Ma said.
"We have maintained close exchanges for a long time," he said, expressing hope that the strong ties between the two countries will continue.
Ma also took the opportunity to thank Honduras for advocating for Taiwan during meetings of international organizations, such as the International Civil Aviation Organization and the World Health Assembly.
For his part, Hernandez said his visit demonstrated the friendly relations and close ties between the two countries.
For a long time, Honduras has benefited from Taiwan's assistance in improving public health, social welfare and industrial development in the Central American country, he said.
Both sides also conducted exchanges in trade, he said, noting that one of the purposes of his visit is to attract more Taiwanese investment in his country.
Following the ceremony, Ma held a meeting with Hernandez at the Presidential Office and the two leaders are expected to issue a joint statement later in the day.
Hernandez's trip to Taiwan is the final leg of his Asian trip that has also taken him to South Korea and Japan to attract foreign investment, according to Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Honduras is one of Taiwan's 22 diplomatic allies, half of which are in Central America and the Caribbean. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-24 12:13 GMT+08:00