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Nicaraguan foreign minister visits Taiwan to promote ties
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Taipei, April 7 (CNA) Nicaragua's Foreign Minister Denis Moncada is in Taiwan on a five-day visit, during which he will meet with President Tsai Ing-wen and other government officials to discuss bilateral ties, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Friday.

Moncada's delegation includes Minister of Finance and Public Credit Ivan Acosta and Minister of Development, Industry and Commerce Orlando Solorzano, the ministry said in a welcome statement.

The delegation is scheduled to meet with President Tsai and Foreign Minister David Lee , and call on officials at the ministries of finance and economic affairs, the International Cooperation and Development Fund, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council and the Export-Import Bank of the Republic of China, the ministry said.

Moncada and his ministers will also visit the Hsinchu Science Park, the National Center for Traditional Arts and other places to learn more about Taiwan's economic development and culture, according to the foreign ministry.

The visit is also aimed at promoting bilateral economic and trade exchanges in an effort to deepen relations between Taiwan and Nicaragua, one of its Central American diplomatic allies, the foreign ministry said.

It is Moncada's first trip to Taiwan since he was appointed foreign minister in January and follows a state visit earlier this year by President Tsai to Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Tsai's trip was aimed at consolidating ties with Taiwan's diplomatic allies in Central America after the small West African island nation of Sao Tome and Principe severed diplomatic relations with Taiwan in December 2016. (Courtesy of CNA)