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Jiang, newly elected El Salvador president underscore strong ties

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador -- Premier Jiang Yi-huah arrived in El Salvador Saturday and met with president-elect Salvador Sanchez Ceren and vice president-elect Oscar Ortiz, as both leaders spoke of the good relations between the two countries and their hope to further strengthen the mutual bonds.

Jiang, scheduled to attend the June 1 inauguration of the El Salvador president on behalf of President Ma Ying-jeou, arrived at El Salvador International Airport on Saturday morning.

Jiang said he hoped to take advantage of his presence in El Salvador to exchange ideas and discuss cooperative programs with El Salvador officials. This is his first overseas trip since he took office in February 2013.

After his arrival, the premier, his wife Li Shu-chen, and his entourage drove to Casa Presidencial of El Salvador to visit El Salvador's first lady, Vanda Pignato. Jiang invited Pignato to bring her 6-year-old son to Taiwan after her husband steps down from office.

Jiang also met with president-elect Sanchez Ceren, who welcomed his visit and said the friendship between the Republic of China and El Salvador remains solid.

Meanwhile, vice president-elect Ortiz and a number of cabinet members traveled to Jiang's hotel to meet with him. Ortiz promised that the new administration is determined to strengthen diplomatic bonds with Taiwan in the future.

Jiang is to fly back to Taiwan following a state banquet on Sunday noon. The return trip will include a stopover in Los Angeles where a number of meetings are planned.

Premier Sees Cooperative Exhibition in San Salvador

The premier saw a Taiwan-El Salvador cooperative exhibition at the National Museum of Anthropology in San Salvador, as a project director said the program benefited the people in the Central American country.

The first stage of the cooperative program, which started in 2012 between the two nations, has been completed. The pottery arts from Ilobasco, a northern central municipality in El Salvador, have been developed and combined with pottery techniques from Yingge, in the northern Taiwanese city of New Taipei.

As a result, the pottery has become more attractive to local consumers.

The premier and his wife said they appreciated the many pottery works displayed in the exhibition, as a program director thanked Taipei for its help in reviving the art works of Ilobasco.

Su Yung-tse, an El Salvadoran program manager, told CNA that local cultural elements have been refined through learning from the handcraft carving of Yingge pottery workers.

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