TAIPEI: Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei on Tuesday (Apr 25) pledged his unconditional assist for the "Republic of Taiwan" on a visit that comes as China steps up stress on the handful of nations that also preserve formal ties with the island.
Guatemala is certainly one of solely 13 nations with official diplomatic ties with China-claimed Taiwan. Honduras deserted Taipei for Beijing final month after asking for nearly US$2.5 billion in assist.
Talking at a welcoming ceremony outdoors Taiwan's presidential workplace, Giammattei stated Guatemala and Taiwan had been "brotherly nations" and essential allies.
Talking in Spanish, he referred twice to the "Republic of Taiwan", somewhat than its official title the Republic of China, typically stylised as of late by the federal government because the Republic of China, Taiwan.
"I would like everybody to belief that Guatemala will proceed to be a strong diplomatic ally to the Republic of Taiwan and can proceed to deepen cooperation in all areas," he stated, pledging "absolute assist".