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Guatemala, Nicaragua invite President Tsai to visit: official

Guatemala, Nicaragua invite President Tsai to visit: official

Taipei, Sept. 13 (CNA) Guatemala and Nicaragua both invited President Tsai Ing-wen to make a visit during Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lee's recent Central American trip, an official said Tuesday. Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales and Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega offered the invitation to Tsai when they met with Lee during his visit to the two Central American allies of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in August, said Miguel Tsao, director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs.

The invitation to Tsai and the high-level reception given to Lee showed how the two countries value their ties with the ROC, said Tsao, who accompanied Lee on the trip from Aug. 19-27, during a press briefing. During Lee's visit to Guatemala, he met Morales for a breakfast meeting, and was conferred a medal of La orden del Quetzal en el grado de Gran Cruz by the Central American country's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carlos Raul Morales, Tsao said.

Lee was received by Ortega and his wife when he visited Nicaragua, and met with Foreign Minister Samuel Santos, as well as several other ministers for discussions on topics ranging from social welfare to trade and investment, Tsao added.

In addition, Lee received a key to the city from Daysi Torres, mayor of the Nicaraguan capital of Managua, and from Granada Mayor Julia de la Cruz Mena, on separate occasions.

Lee traveled to Nicaragua to preside over the annual meeting of ROC ambassadors and representatives in Latin America and the Caribbean, where he encouraged Taiwan's top diplomats in the region to utilize the limited resources they have to implement the "Steadfast Diplomacy" promoted by Tsai, according to Tsao. (By Tang Pei-chun and Kay Liu)

Updated : 2021-07-30 19:43 GMT+08:00