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.

 

 

蔡英文在總統府前以隆重軍禮,歡迎友邦貝里斯總理布里仙紐伉儷來訪,布里仙紐此行更是睽違16年首度以總理身分來訪,在台貝建交將滿33年前更顯得意義重大。

蔡英文表示:「我們期待透過這次貝里斯總理閣下來訪,能夠對於兩國關切的議題一起交換意見,深化合作關係,持續提升邦誼。」

布里仙紐也表示,台灣與貝里斯有很多共享的價值,相信可以透過合作面對全球的挑戰,現在的國際情勢緊張,布里仙紐致詞時也特別提到堅定相信全球和平,以及支持國家人民有決定自己命運的權利,台貝要攜手合作維護區域繁榮安全與和平。

布里仙紐指出:「這次很重要的就是要傳達貝里斯人民也持續堅決地支持著台灣的人民,以及台灣人民的意志,包括台灣人民自決的意志,台灣人民與周邊國家和平共存的意志。」

蔡英文也頒授「特種大綬卿雲勳章」給布里仙紐,雙方就台貝兩國雙邊合作及共同關切事項交換意見。崑山科技大學也將頒贈布里仙紐名譽博士學位,而布里仙紐此行率領多位重要閣員來訪,預計在經濟投資方面會更加深合作。

 

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