Guatemala and the Republic of China (Taiwan) Strengthen Bilateral Relationship

The presidents of the two nations met at the Presidential Office Building in Taipei.

by Pamela Contreras

Guatemala City, by Yuliza Muñoz -AGN- Her Excellency Dr. Tsai Ing-wen, President of the Republic of China (Taiwan,) welcomed her Guatemalan counterpart at the Presidential Office Building in Taipei, where they held a bilateral meeting.

Both leaders discussed strengthening their cooperative and friendly relations as part of the working visit of the president of Guatemala and other authorities to Taiwan.

During the meeting, President Giammattei expressed his gratitude for the invitation from President Tsai, where he underscored the main points of the visit.

He stated,  “As I have expressed since the very beginning of the meeting, I am honored to have received the invitation to visit this land that means so much to me and all Guatemalans. We will discuss bilateral cooperation issues and strengthen both countries’ political, economic, and cultural dialogue.”

Fraternity and Loyalty

President Alejandro Giammattei expressed his commitment to sovereignty, territorial integrity, and promoting peace to his counterpart. He also reaffirmed Guatemala’s loyalty to defend the Republic of China’s (Taiwan) sovereignty.

“Guatemala and Taiwan have built a solid diplomatic relationship, which began in 1934 and was strengthened in early November 1960. This has been based on goodwill, fraternity, and cooperation,” he remarked.

He expressed his gratitude for the support and friendship to improve the development of both nations, based on cooperation, union, and constant work. At the same time, he encouraged President Tsai Ing-wen to maintain the actions for the sustainability of her country.

“Your Excellency President Tsai Ing-wen, please continue with the remarkable trajectory that has shown the world such significant economic and social progress. Continue with perseverance in the values of democracy, and continue to be an example to the world. A world that must maintain and expand recognition in favor of the independence, unity, and national sovereignty of the Republic of Taiwan,” he underscored.

Economic and Trade Exchange

In her speech, President Tsai expressed that during her term in office, efforts have been made to achieve sustainable growth of economic and trade ties with Guatemala. She mentioned that last year, the Embassy of Guatemala in the Republic of China (Taiwan) established a new trade council to deepen such exchange.

She also highlighted that Guatemala ranks fourth among the leading coffee suppliers to the Republic of China (Taiwan.)

The president of China (Taiwan) recalled her visit to Guatemala in early April and expressed her gratitude for the warm welcome received.

“That gesture of warmth is very dear to our hearts. That is why I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate to the president our gratitude for his strong support for Taiwan. Taiwan is the home of all of you as well,” she mentioned.

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