Tsai calls for closer trade ties in meeting with Honduran VP

President Tsai Ing-wen met with Honduras' First Vice President Ricardo Antonio Alvarez and his delegation in Taipei on Wednesday.

During the meeting, Tsai said the two sides had held diplomatic ties for 75 years, and that she had met with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez three times since taking office last May. Honduras was also the first stop in her trip to Latin America in January of this year.

President Tsai spoke on Wednesday about how in recent years Taiwan's government and private sector have sent numerous trade delegations and groups of coffee buyers to Honduras. She said that the agriculture council and health ministry are also working to pave the way for imports of Honduran beef and melons to Taiwan.

Tsai said that during his visit, Alvarez will be able to feel the sincerity of the Taiwanese people.

"During your trip, Mr. Vice President, you will see our sincerity and the efforts we have made to eliminate trade barriers," Tsai said. "Through practical cooperation, let us maximize the effectiveness of the Taiwan-Honduras Free Trade Agreement, so that our two countries may create a win-win trade situation."

President Tsai also thanked Honduras for its continued support for Taiwan's participation in international organizations.

Source: Radio Taiwan International