Thursday, August 17, 2006

Taiwan's FM visits Costa Rica

Taiwan's Foreign Minister James Huang (L) signs an agreement with his Costa Rica's counterpart Bruno Stagno in San Jose, Costa Rica, August 16, 2006. REUTERS/Monica QuesadaPanama City, Panama (CNA) - Taiwan's Minister of Foreign Affairs Huang Chih-fang arrived in Costa Rica Wednesday for a whirlwind one-day visit.

Huang, who just concluded a four-day visit to Panama, met with his Costa Rican counterpart, Bruno Stagno, for talks on matters of mutual concern.

The two ministers signed a memorandum of understanding on Taiwan's promise to assist Cost Rica in rebuilding the Rafael Angel Calderon Guardia hospital which was destroyed in a fire recently.

Taiwan originally pledged to donate US$15 million for Costa Rica to build an international convention center, but the two sides have reached an agreement on transferring the fund for rebuilding the hospital.

Huan also met with Costa Rican President Oscar Arias.

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