President Tsai honors Nicaraguan military chief

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President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文, right) and Julio Cesar Aviles Castillo.

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文, right) and Julio Cesar Aviles Castillo.

Taipei, March 12 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) conferred a national award on Julio Cesar Aviles Castillo, commander in chief of the Nicaraguan Army, at the Presidential Office in Taipei on Monday.

Aviles received the Order of the Resplendent Banner with Special Grand Cordon in recognition of his great contribution to military cooperation between the two countries, Tsai said.

A longstanding friend of Taiwan, Aviles was on his fourth visit to Taipei, which was an indication of the importance the Nicaraguan government attached to the friendship between the two countries, Tsai said.

Tsai also expressed gratitude to Aviles and the Nicaraguan government for their letter of condolence to Taiwan immediately after a deadly magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Hualien County on Feb. 6, leaving 17 people dead and 291 injured.

The president said Taiwan and Nicaragua have achieved great progress through cooperation and exchanges on many fronts, including areas such as the military, trade, economy, agriculture and medical care.

In particular, since Aviles became head of the Nicaraguan military, he has been promoting increased military exchanges with Taiwan, Tsai said. Last year, Aviles and Taiwan's then Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) signed a memorandum of understanding on military cooperation and exchanges, during a visit by Feng to the Central American country, Tsai said.

She also expressed the hope that Aviles will continue to help advance bilateral ties and that exchanges and cooperation in core policy areas will be strengthened in the future.

(By Yeh Su-ping and Evelyn Kao)

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