President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) yesterday made a phone call to Nicaraguan president-elect Daniel Ortega to extend his congratulations.
According to a report by the Central News Agency (CNA) yesterday, a high-ranking Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said on condition of anonymity that Chen and Ortega had a "good conversation on the phone."
Both sides agreed to promote cooperation in medical, agricultural and educational projects, the unidentified official said, adding that Ortega said on the phone that he was willing to enhance all cooperative projects with Taiwan.
During his campaign for the presidency, Ortega had said that if elected, Nicaragua would break off diplomatic relations with Taiwan and set up ties with China.
Concerned about Taiwan's relations with the Latin American country, Chen and Minister of Foreign Affairs James Huang (
Ortega will be sworn in as president January, and the foreign ministry viewed the two months before Ortega's inauguration as a stern challenge for the two countries' relations, the official was quoted as saying in the report.
Following Ortega's election win, China has openly voiced its willingness to establish diplomatic ties with Nicaragua.