In a meeting that reaffirms the relationship between Taiwan and the Republic of Guatemala, President Tsai Ing-wen received a delegation led by Guatemalan Defense Minister Henry Yovani Reyes Chigua at the Presidential Office in Taipei. During this meeting, both parties committed to expanding their partnership in various areas.

President Tsai highlighted the deep friendship and close cooperation that has existed over the years between Taiwan and Guatemala. This relationship has been evidenced in high-level reciprocal visits, such as the visit of President Tsai and Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei in April.

In addition, military officer training exchanges have been carried out and a Mandarin course has been implemented, with the purpose of fostering a better understanding of Taiwanese culture among Guatemalan military officers.

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President Tsai highlighted the fact that Guatemala’s ambassador to Taiwan, Oscar Adolfo Padilla Lam, and Colonel Hermelindo Choz Soc, a member of the visiting delegation, are alumni of the Taiwan National Defense University. This visit is expected to further deepen defense cooperation and allow Guatemalan visitors to learn up close how Taiwan has developed its self-defense capabilities.

Tsai expressed her gratitude to Guatemala for its constant support in international forums and expressed her hope that both Governments continue to support each other at the global level.

For his part, Guatemalan Minister Henry Yovani Reyes Chigua shared his positive impressions about daily life in Taiwan, highlighting the dedication of its people in promoting peace. Furthermore, he expressed his hope that ties between both countries will continue to strengthen in the future.


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