By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Belize Prime Minister John Briceño says Taiwan deserves to be fully recognized by the international community and should be able to peacefully coexist with its neighbours and participate in international organizations.
“In the name of the Belizean people, I proudly proclaim that we believe that the people of Taiwan have the right to live in peace as a nation, fully recognized by the international community,” Briceño said at a state banquet in Taipei, according to Focus Taiwan.
Briceño was presented with the Order of Propitious Clouds with Special Grand Cordon by President Tsai Ing-wen, for his role in enhancing ties between Belize and Taiwan.
“This honor is another tangible symbol of the unbreakable bond beyond our countries and peoples,” Briceño said of the award.
The Prime Minister said Belize and Taiwan will continue working closely for the mutual benefit of our people.
President Tsai thanked Briceño for standing in favour of Taiwan’s international recognition. She said that she hoped Belize and Taiwan would work together to create a more stable and prosperous future.
After the military salute, state banquet, and award presentation, Tsai and Briceño had a closed-door meeting.
In a press release, the Presidential Office said Tsai told Briceño that Taiwan anticipated strengthening its cooperation with Belize in trade, investment, healthcare, and women’s empowerment.
Briceño continues his five-day visit with meetings with Premier Su Tseng-chang and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu. He is also going to participate in a Belize business opportunity forum.
He is also going to be awarded a doctorate by Kun Shan University in the city of Tainan.