FM travels to Nicaragua for visit with president


MANAGUA–Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Timothy Yang arrived in the capital city of ally Nicaragua on Monday for a meeting with newly re-elected President Daniel Ortega, the ministry said.

Yang arrived at the Managua International Airport to a warm welcome from his Nicaraguan counterpart Valdrak Jaentschke on the third leg of a visit to Central American allies.

Yang is scheduled to congratulate Ortega on his Nov. 6 re-election on behalf of President Ma Ying-jeou on Wednesday.

During his stay, the minister will also meet with Taiwanese volunteers and those doing alternative military service in Nicaragua. A free trade agreement was signed in 2008, and bilateral trade between the two countries in 2010 reached US$68 million, said an official at Taiwan’s embassy in Nicaragua.