Honduran president to visit Taiwan

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez will make a state visit to Taiwan from Oct. 1 to 4, during which he will hold talks and exchange honorary decorations with President Tsai Ing-wen (???), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Friday.

Hernandez will be welcomed with a military ceremony presided over by Tsai before the two leaders begin their talks at the Presidential Office, the ministry said in a statement.

They will release a joint declaration after the meeting, according to the MOFA.

To show the government's appreciation to Hernandez for his efforts to strengthen his country's relations with Taiwan, Tsai will confer the Order of Brilliant Jade on Hernandez.

In return, Hernandez will decorate Tsai with the Order of Francisco Morazan Grand Cross with Gold Star.

Hernandez, who will be leading a 21-member delegation, will also host a Honduras investment and trade fair in Taipei during the visit, the MOFA said.

This will be Hernandez's third visit to Taiwan. He first visited Taiwan in September 2010 as president of Honduras' National Congress and again in July 2015 as president of the country.

The Republic of China (Taiwan) has maintained diplomatic relations with Honduras for 75 years, with the two countries enjoying close cooperation in areas such as trade, social welfare, infrastructure, academics, medical care and technology, according to the MOFA.

Hernandez is the first leader from Taiwan's allies in Central America to visit Taipei since Tsai took office on May 20. In July, Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare was in Taiwan for a weeklong visit.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel