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Taiwanese president travels to Haiti to bolster relations in the region

Taiwanese president travels to Haiti to bolster relations in the region
Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen and Haiti's President Jovenel Moise listen to Taiwan's national anthem at Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti July 13, 2019. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares -
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PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen will visit Haiti on Saturday in an attempt to bolster support in the region after neighbouring Dominican Republic broke diplomatic ties with Taiwan last year.

The visit to the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince is the first stop on a 12-day trip to the Caribbean, with St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis to follow.

Tsai will meet with Haitian President Jovenel Moise and other top officials, according to an official agenda provided by the Haitian government.

“This tour, which highlights the constructive nature of the relations between Haiti and Taiwan, will provide an opportunity to take stock of the commitments made in Taipei and at the same time define the best strategies for consolidating the Haitian-Taiwanese cooperation,” the Haitian government said in a statement describing Tsai’s visit on Saturday.

In Port-au-Prince, small signs as well as Haitian and Taiwanese flags were erected on Saturday morning to welcome Tsai.

(Reporting by André Paultre; writing by Julia Love)

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