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President to hold talks with Panamanian counterpart: ambassador

President to hold talks with Panamanian counterpart: ambassador

Panama City, Panama, June 29 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou will hold talks with Panamanian President-elect Ricardo Martinelli on the future development of bilateral relations between the two countries, during Ma's visit to the Central American country for Martinelli's inauguration, Taiwan's ambassador there said Monday.
In an interview with CNA, Ambassador Simon S.Y. Ko said that President Ma will also attend a state banquet hosted by outgoing Panamanian President Martin Torrijos on June 30 and another one on July 1, the day of the inauguration.
The next day, July 2, Ma is scheduled to address the Panamanian Parliament after the new president takes office, according to Ko.
In addition, President Ma will give interviews to the Panamanian and international media, Ko said.
Ma's itinerary includes a visit to the Panama Canal, the ROC-Panama Cultural Center in Panama City, and the Colon Container Terminal established by Taiwan's Evergreen Group, and he will also host a banquet for Taiwan community leaders in the Central American country, Ko added.
The Ju Percussion Group, which is accompanying Ma on his visit to Panama, will perform on July 1 at an evening gathering to celebrate Martinelli's inauguration, Ko said. The performance will spotlight Taiwan's modern music and performing arts, he added.
It will be the first visit by a Republic of China head of state to Panama since 2004 and it is expected to help promote closer interaction between the leaders of the two countries and enhance the ROC-Panama friendship, Ko said.
Ko declined to say whether President Ma will hold discussions with other heads of state or foreign dignitaries who will be attending the inauguration.
According to information provided by Panama's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the presidents of three of Taiwan's other diplomatic allies in the region -- Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua -- will attend the ceremony. U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar is also expected to be there, reliable sources told CNA.
Ma, on his second diplomatic tour of Central America this year, is also scheduled to visit Nicaragua.
(By Huang Kwang-chun and Y.L. Kao)




Updated : 2021-08-03 01:34 GMT+08:00