The president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, expressed her support for Haiti on Saturday at the start of a tour of four Caribbean countries that maintain diplomatic ties with the Asian island.
Ing-wen was received by the President of Haiti, Jovenel Moise, to whom he promised Taiwanese support in the form of investments, although he did not specify any plan.
"I am here to express our solidarity and maintain the friendship between Haiti and Taiwan, we are happy with that relationship between the two countries," Ing-wen and Moise said in a speech during their visit to the National Pantheon Museum.
The president said that "Taiwan wants to support the development of Haiti" and will continue working to "specify more projects in the future" to contribute to the development of this country, the poorest in America.
"Taiwan wants to make more investments to support Haiti and we want a prosperous Haiti," the head of state added.
Ing-wen's visit to the Caribbean countries comes one year after the Dominican Republic and El Salvador broke relations with Taipei and recognized China, in a historic diplomatic turn that also took place in 2017 in Panama.
Only 17 countries recognize Taiwan at present, including Haiti, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Saint Lucia, the four Antillean nations that Ing-wen plans to visit on this tour.
Ing-wen arrived in Haiti from the United States, a country in which, despite not maintaining diplomatic relations with the Asian island, he was received by legislators and businessmen.
During his visit to Port-au-Prince, President Moise informed him that he will work to form a government soon and close the political crisis that the country is facing, the most serious of his presidency.
"At a time when my country faces difficulties of all kinds, especially in the area of development, Taiwan remains a model par excellence of sustainable results for an economy like ours in search of growth and massive creation of jobs," said Moise. .
The Haitian president invited his counterpart to strengthen economic relations to combat "the enemies of growth" in Haiti, which "are the exclusion, precariousness and instability they engender."
"All the bets are willing to favor this new dynamic in our bilateral relations, in fact, although they are separated by two oceans, Haiti and Taiwan must strengthen their diplomatic relations, especially in economic matters," he stressed.
Tonight the Taiwanese president plans to travel to Saint Kitts and Nevis and continue her tour of the Caribbean in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and, later, Saint Lucia, the last stop on her tour before returning to Taiwan on Friday.
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