Taiwan’s president-elect promised to deepen relations with Paraguay

Taipei.-The president-elect and current vice president of Taiwan, William Lai (Lai Ching-te), assured this Tuesday that his Government will “deepen” the island’s relations with Paraguay, a country with which it has maintained official diplomatic ties since 1957.

“Taiwan stands ready to continue deepening its friendship and cooperation with Paraguay, firmly safeguarding the democratic and free way of life and promoting the prosperity and development of Taiwan and Paraguay, benefiting the people of both countries,” Lai asserted during his meeting with the president of the Paraguayan Senate, Silvio Ovelar, in Taipei.

The president-elect stressed that the Government of Paraguay has taken “concrete actions” to “firmly” support Taiwan’s international participation in forums such as the general debate of the United Nations General Assembly, the general assembly of Interpol or the executive committee. of the World Health Organization (WHO).

“On behalf of the people and the Government of Taiwan, I would like to express our most sincere gratitude to Paraguay,” said Lai, who traveled to the Latin American country in August of last year to attend the inauguration of the Paraguayan president, Santiago Peña.

Ovelar, who heads a delegation of Paraguayan parliamentarians on the island, noted that the relationship between Taiwan and the Latin American country “will be closer and deeper in the future.”

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“The Paraguayan people will never change their commitment to maintaining and deepening bilateral friendship, mutual assistance and cooperation (with Taiwan). In this era of realism, many countries are guided by interests, but for Paraguay emotions, commitment and values ​​are of utmost importance,” said Ovelar.

Later, Ovelar held a meeting with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, who thanked the Latin American country for “actively defending Taiwan” in the international community.

“The cooperation between Taiwan and Paraguay in the fields of education, healthcare, agriculture, livestock and women’s empowerment has generated fruitful results. I hope that the two countries continue to deepen exchanges and create more benefits for the people on both sides,” said the president, who will leave office on May 20.

The president of the Paraguayan Senate arrived in Taiwan last Sunday with a group of legislators, including the second vice president of the Upper House, Hermelinda Alvarenga, and Senator Pedro Alejandro Díaz.

Ovelar’s tour, which will run until April 18, includes stops at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, the Data Verification Center, Cathay General Hospital and the Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum, located in the southern city of Kaohsiung, among other activities.

At the end of March, the island received a visit from the Minister of Information and Communication Technologies of Paraguay, Gustavo Villate, who stressed that the South American country will maintain its support “without conditions” for Taiwan.

Paraguay established ties with the Republic of China (official name of Taiwan) in July 1957 and is currently the only country in South America that maintains official ties with Taipei.Infobae-

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2024-04-21 08:40:40

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