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Prime Minister Briceno reaffirms strong ties with Taiwan during official visit

Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2024. 7:04 am CST.

By Horace Palacio: Prime Minister John Briceño reinforced the “excellent relationship” between Belize and Taiwan during his visit to Taipei on Saturday. Arriving to attend President-elect Lai Ching-te’s inauguration on Monday, Briceño rated the diplomatic bond as “9.9 out of 10,” emphasizing the room for further growth.

In a statement to reporters, Briceño underscored Belize’s unwavering commitment to the relationship, highlighting the shared value of self-determination. “Our belief in self-determination led Belize to become a nation in 1981,” Briceño stated, adding that Taiwan deserves the same recognition and rights.

Accompanied by Belize Foreign Minister Francis Fonseca, Briceño emphasized the robustness of their diplomatic ties. Fonseca echoed the Prime Minister’s sentiments, stating, “Attending the inauguration of the new President and Vice President is of great importance to us. We anticipate a very productive working relationship with the new Taiwanese government.”

Addressing the possibility of inviting President-elect Lai to Belize, Briceño referred to Lai as “a friend.” He recounted their initial meeting in Honduras during President Xiomara Castro’s inauguration in January 2022, followed by Lai’s invitation to Tainan, which he visited a month later. “We have maintained communication since, and I am pleased that the Taiwanese people elected him as their next president,” Briceño remarked, expressing confidence in Lai’s ability to guide Taiwan’s future development.

The Belize delegation is scheduled to meet with Lai on Sunday, a day before the official inauguration. Belize remains one of Taiwan’s 12 diplomatic allies, underscoring their enduring partnership.

 

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