Tsai Welcomes Belizean Prime Minister 貝里斯總理到訪 蔡總統軍禮迎接並頒勳章

A visiting delegation from diplomatic ally Belize was received by President Tsai Ing-wen with military honors. Tsai said she hoped the two sides can further strengthen their ties that have been around for 33 years.

President Tsai Ing-wen presided over a military ceremony outside the Presidential Office to welcome a delegation from Belize led by Prime Minister John Briceno. Briceno last visited Taiwan 16 years ago, and this is his first visit as prime minister. Belize and Taiwan have been diplomatic allies for nearly 33 years.

Tsai Ing-wen, President: “We hope that during this visit by His Excellency the prime minister, the two sides can exchange opinions on issues that deeply concern us, deepen the cooperative relationship, and continue to strengthen our friendship.”

Briceno said Belize and Taiwan have many shared values, and he believes in cooperation to confront global challenges. The current global situation is extremely tense, and Briceno's speech included statements about his firm belief in world peace and his support for the right of people of a country to self-determination. He also said Belize and Taiwan need to cooperate to uphold regional peace and stability.

John Briceno, Prime Minister, Belize: “It's important for us, also for me to say on behalf of the Belizean people that Belize fully supports the aspirations of Taiwan, and we will continue to advocate for Taiwan's right to self-determination, right to live in peace with all its neighbors.”

Tsai also conferred the Order of Propitious Clouds with Special Grand Cordon on Briceno, and the two exchanged views on bilateral cooperation and matters of mutual concern. Kun Shan University also conferred an honorary doctorate degree on Briceno. The Belizean delegation includes many Cabinet members, and greater economic cooperation and investment are expected to result from this visit.