Taiwan President meets Panama’s ambassador to promote ties

Panama remains one of ROC’s oldest allies

(By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - President Tsai Ing-wen on Thursday met with Panama's ambassador to Taiwan, Alfredo Martiz Fuentes, thanking him for his contribution to strengthening relations between the two nations.

Martiz has recently been appointed by President Juan Carlos Varela as the new director general of the Social Security (CSS), replacing Estivenson Girón, who resigned his position on December 31, 2016.

Tsai congratulated him on his new post, while expressing her gratitude and appreciation for the ambassador’s efforts in bridging the two nations in the fields of economy, culture, and diplomacy. He has served as Panama’s representative to Taiwan since October 2014.

Tsai asked the outgoing ambassador to convey her warm greetings and good wishes to Panama’s president, whom she has cordially invited to visit the nation to enhance bilateral exchanges.

Panama remains one of ROC’s oldest allies. The two have enjoyed diplomatic relations for 107 years.

Last June, president Tsai visited the Central American country as her first overseas trip since assuming office on May 20, meeting with Panamanian President and attending the inauguration ceremony for the expanded Panama Canal.

In his time as ambassador to Taiwan, Martiz managed to set up meetings between Taiwan’s President and a number of Panama’s high-level officials, including Panama City Mayor José Isabel Blandón Figueroa, the President of the Supreme Court of Justice José E. Ayú Prado, and the first lady of Panama, Lorena Castillo.