President Tsai Ing-wen (???) will visit Taiwan's diplomatic allies in Central America in January, including Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday.
As part of the nine-day trip, which starts on Jan. 7, Tsai will attend the Jan. 10 inauguration of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, who won re-election in November, according to the ministry.
Deputy Foreign Minister Javier Ching-shan Hou (???) said at a press briefing that the 90-member delegation led by Tsai will include National Security Council Secretary-General Joseph Wu (???), Foreign Minister David Lee (???) and Overseas Community Affairs Council Minister Wu Hsin-hsing (???).
Based on the announced itinerary, Tsai will arrive in Honduras on Jan. 8 and continue to Nicaragua the next day for the inauguration.
After two days there, the president will travel to Guatemala on Jan. 11 and leave for El Salvador on Jan. 12 before departing for Taiwan on Jan. 13, said the ministry.
While Tsai is expected to make a stopover in the Untied States en route to Central America and on her way back, the ministry declined to say which city she would stay, indicating that arrangements were still being worked out and that the details would be made public next week.
Facing media inquiries, Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (???) said there is no pressure from Beijing over possible U.S. stopovers as far as he is aware.
"There is no such problem. It is simply a matter of administrative arrangements," he said.
The January trip will be Tsai's second visit to Taiwan's diplomatic allies since taking office. She visited Panama and Paraguay from June 24 to July 2, making transits in the U.S. cities of Miami and Los Angeles.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel