President to visit Sao Tome and Principe, Burkina Faso, Honduras
Central News Agency
2014-01-23 12:08 PM
Taipei, Jan. 23 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou will leave Thursday evening on an eight-day diplomatic tour of two African allies -- Sao Tome and Principe and Burkina Faso -- and will also attend the inauguration of Honduran president-elect Juan Orlando Hernandez in Central America. This will be Ma's ninth diplomatic tour since he first took office in 2008. The island nation of Sao Tome and Principe is the only diplomatic ally of the Republic of China that Ma has not yet visited during his more than five years as Republic of China president. Ma planned to visit Sao Tome and Principe during a previous trip to Africa in April 2012 but later decided against it because Sao and Principe President Manuel Pinto da Costa was unavailable to meet him at the time. When Sao Tome and Principe Premier Gabriel da Costa visited Taiwan last November, he presented a letter from Pinto da Costa to Ma inviting him to visit the country. Ma will also learn about Taiwan's assistance in preventing malaria there. He will then visit Burkina Faso and Honduras, one of Taiwan's six Central American diplomatic allies, to attend the presidential inauguration Jan. 27 before returning to Taipei via Los Angeles Jan. 30. (By Kelven Huang and Lilian Wu)
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