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President Ma departs on Central American diplomatic tour

President Ma departs on Central American diplomatic tour

Taipei, June 29 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou departed Taipei Monday on a visit to two of Taiwan's diplomatic allies in Central America in an effort to cement mutual friendship and expand cooperation in various fields.
The June 29-July 6 journey is taking Ma to Panama and Nicaragua, with a transit stop in San Francisco en route to Panama City and another layover in Hawaii on his way home.
This is Ma's second diplomatic tour of the region, one of Taiwan's diplomatic strongholds, so far this year.
Prior to his departure, Ma said the visit is part of his "modous vivendi" diplomatic strategy, which calls for a pragmatic and flexible approach to simultaneously maintain solid diplomatic ties with allied countries while forging substantive partnerships with non-allied nations.
Noting that the strategy has paved the way for a diplomatic truce with China, Ma said his administration can now more efficienctly use national resources to consolidate relations with the country's 23 diplomatic allies in addition to developing substantative partnerships with countries that do not maintain formal relations with Taiwan.
The main purpose of President Ma's upcoming Central America tour is to attend the inauguration of Panama's President-elect Ricardo Martinelli in Panama City July 1.
His itinerary originally included a two-day visit to Honduras, but Ma decided to cancel his travel plans there after Honduran President Manuel Zeyala was arrested and forced into exile by military leaders Sunday ahead of a controversial constitutional referendum.
Presidential Office spokesman Wang Yu-chi said Monday that Ma will return to Taiwan July 6, two days earlier than scheduled.
Wang said the decision to exclude Honduras from Ma's itinerary was based on safety and security considerations and because the unstable situation in Honduras precludes the purpose of Ma's visit there.
During his stay in Panama, Ma will hold talks with senior officials of the new Panamanian government, visit the Panama Canal, give interviews to the international news media and meet with Taiwanese community leaders.
First lady Chow Mei-ching is accompanying Ma on the June 29-July 6 diplomatic tour. Chow will visit a charity organization that is headed by the new Panamanian first lady.
Following his trip to Panama, Ma will travel to Nicaragua where Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega will drive him to the hub of a bilateral technological cooperation project, which will allow Ma to interact with Nicaraguan citizens.
Ma will also attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony at a large trade fair to be held in Nicaragua July 1-5, at which many Taiwanese companies are expected to exhibit their latest products.
During the Nicaragua visit, first lady Chow will visit the local branch of World Vision -- a Christian charity dedicated to helping disadvantaged people around the world -- and a development center for physically challenged children.
He is traveling at the head of a 129-member delegation of government officials, legislators, industry executives, academics, university presidents, local government chiefs, charity group executives and performing artists.
(By Sofia Wu)




Updated : 2021-05-15 15:45 GMT+08:00