President-elect Chen Shui-bian (
Incoming Minister of Foreign Affairs Tien Hung-mao (
Chen was speaking at a reception hosted by officials from Central American embassies in Taiwan to honor the new president-elect.
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The six ambassadors -- from Panama, Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua -- represent Taiwan's strongest diplomatic allies, along with a bloc of countries from Africa.
At the opening of the reception, Panamanian ambassador Jose Antonio Dominguez, speaking on behalf of the other Central American ambassadors, congratulated Chen on his presidential victory.
Chen, in return, praised the level of support Taiwan has received from its diplomatic allies and said that he would strive to establish even better lines of cooperation and communication with them.
After stressing there would be continuity in the new government's foreign policy, Chen said he would take further steps to develop bilateral and multilateral relations with other countries.
He also said that he hopes there will be an opportunity to hold a summit meeting with leaders of the six countries next year.
Incoming minister Tien, who was also among the guests at yesterday's event, said he agreed with the decision to continue the KMT government's foreign policy.
Still, Tien said that Chen would further enhance multilateral relations with countries that do not hold diplomatic ties with Taiwan.
Outgoing Minister of Foreign Affairs Cheng Chien-jen (
Cheng -- who will act as Taiwan's chief representative to the US, said that positive developments in foreign relations would influence both cross-strait issues and domestic affairs.
The hosts of the event included Panamanian ambassador Jose Antonio Dominguez, Margarita Duron de Galvez from Honduras, Costa Rica's Oscar Alvarez, El Salvador ambassador Francisco R. Santana, Nicaragua's Luis A. Wong, and the charge'd affaires of Guatemala, Patricia Lavagnino.
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