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President Ma meets with El Salvdor vice president

President Ma meets with El Salvdor vice president

Taipei, Sept. 8 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou (???) hailed the enhanced ties between Taiwan and El Salvador Tuesday during a meeting with the vice president of the Central American country, Oscar Samuel Ortiz Ascencio, at the Presidential Office. Ma said that the two countries signed a joint communique during a visit he made to El Salvador last year in which they agreed to strengthen cooperation in the fields of energy, trade, food processing and tourism. Also last year, El Salvador Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez Bonilla inked a letter of intent on cooperation with his Taiwanese counterpart, David Lin (???), to extend cooperation to cover the fields of eduction, social order, economy, medical and health care, disaster prevention and control, and social integration, according to the president. Currently, there are 25 students from El Salvador studying in Taiwan with scholarships provided by Taiwan, Ma said, expressing his hope that the students can serve as a bridge to facilitate engagement between the two countries. Noting that he has made two visits to El Salvador -- in June 2009 and July 2014, respectively -- Ma said that relations between the two countries have improved significantly since they first forged diplomatic ties 82 years ago. The bilateral relations have been particularly warm over the past few years owing to El Salvador's staunch support for Taiwan's participation in international organizations and activities, including its bid for observation status at the World Health Assembly, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly, according to Ma. While praising El Salvador for establishing an economic counselor's office under its embassy in Taipei, Ma said that the two nations have a common goal: to strive to develop new technologies and create business opportunities. Meanwhile, Ortiz said that Taiwan's international visibility has been significantly enhanced during Ma's term in office and that the common challenge facing the two nations in the future will be how to extend economic and trade relations. Ortiz said he hopes the two countries can intensify trade and economic exchanges and that more Taiwanese businesses will invest in El Salvador. (By Claudia Liu and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-29 10:38 GMT+08:00