Posted: Tuesday, April 20, 2021. 9:40 am CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: On Monday, April 19, 2021, Belize Ambassador Doctor Candice Pitts presented diplomatic credentials to the President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-Wen in Taipei.
The Embassy of Belize in Taiwan said on a social media post that “during the presentation, President Tsai Ing-Wen and Ambassador, Pitts celebrated the near 32 years of diplomatic relations between Belize and Taiwan and discussed ways in which they can strengthen collaboration and cooperation between both countries.”
The Office of the President of Taiwan said President Tsai welcomed Ambassador Pitts to her post in Taiwan and expressed hope that Taiwan and Belize will continue to break ground in their relationship.
The Belize Embassy said “both women expressed profound admiration for each other and committed to working together closely towards augmenting their bilateral relations and creating mutual benefits for Belize and Taiwan.”
On Facebook, Ambassador Pitts said: “I was truly honored to represent my country today in such a distinguished capacity. I sat across from a woman president and world leader I truly admire.”
President Tsai said that Dr. Pitts’ involvement in education and women’s empowerment can “help facilitate further cooperation between our nations in areas such as education and gender equity.”
President Tsai Ing said the new Belize government led by Primer Minister John Briceño has continued to strengthen its cooperation with Taiwan and that Dr. Pitts appointment as ambassador to Taiwan is further testament to the value the government places on its diplomatic ties with Taiwan.
The president recounted the wealth of academic and professional experience that Doctor Pitts has and recognized her tenure as a member of the Belize City Council.
President Tsai said that she understands that Doctor Pitts attended events at the Taiwan Embassy in Belize and added that she was sure that her understanding of public opinion and knowledge of our bilateral relations will help build even stronger ties between our two nations.
In reference to the 32 years of the Belize and Taiwan’s diplomatic alliance, president Tsai said when she visited Belize she witnessed first hand, the results of our bilateral cooperation and added that she was deeply impressed by Belize’s natural beauty as well as the depth of support for Taiwan among the Belizean people.
President Tsai said our two countries have worked together to tackle the pandemic while continuing to deepen our collaboration across a range of fields. She also made mention of the economic cooperation agreement, the air services agreement, and a treaty on mutual legal assistance on criminal matters that Belize and Taiwan have signed.
“Today we are glad to welcome a new ambassador from Belize and look forward to breaking new ground in our bilateral relationship,” president Tsai concluded.
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