By: Hsieh Chia-chen, Chiu Chun-ching and Elaine Hou
Taipei, March 19 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) returned to Taiwan Saturday from a trip that took him to two of Taiwan’s diplomatic allies in Central America.
This trip was fruitful, which also played a vital role in consolidating Taiwan’s relations with its diplomatic allies, Ma said at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport upon his arrival. He also thanked the two allies for their warm welcome.
After wrapping up a visit to Belize and Guatemala, Ma made a transit stop in Los Angeles before departing back to Taiwan.
During the stop in Los Angeles, Ma had conversations with several U.S. government officials and congressmen over the phone.
In their conversations, U.S. Deputy Secretary Antony Blinken lauded Ma’s efforts to promote relations with the U.S. during his two four-year terms, and hoped that the good relations will continue under Taiwan’s new government, according to a government source. [FULL STORY]