TAIPEI – Guatemala’s President-Elect Alejandro Eduardo Giammattei concluded on Thursday his five-day visit to Taiwan, a trip through which the latter looked to reinforce its diplomatic ties with the Latin American nation – one of the few that continues to maintain full diplomatic relations with it.
Giammattei arrived on Sunday in Taiwan with four cabinet members-to-be and parliamentarian elects Maynor Gabriel Mejia Popol and Guillermo Alberto Cifuentes Barragan.
“We will work to maintain these bilateral relations,” the president-elect tweeted Wednesday following a visit to a distillery.
Taiwan and Guatemala share a long history of official relations dating back 80 years. The Latin American nation is one of the few that has continued to engage in full diplomatic relation with the state, for which support has waned in recent years following China’s heavy influence on smaller nations.
“It’s a great honor to be in Taiwan, I thank the president for her reception at the Presidential Office Building,” the president-elect wrote Monday on Twitter.
Giammattei was received by Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, with the former saying during the meeting that he is sending an important message to the whole world by standing on Taiwan’s side.
During his trip, Giammettei visited the health ministry, the International Cooperation and Development Fund and the Central American Trade Office.
After meeting Tsai, the president-elect visited the Council of Agriculture, where he met Chen Junne-jih, the institution’s deputy minister. Both exchanged views and discussed smart irrigation and sustainable agriculture, which Giammettei said he wanted to introduce in Guatemala.