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Ma departs for Panama's presidential inauguration

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- President Ma Ying-jeou left for Panama late Sunday to attend the inauguration of President-elect Juan Carlos Varela on July 1.

Ma will also visit El Salvador to meet with President Salvador Sanchez Ceren, who was sworn in on June 1 in an inauguration in which Premier Jiang Yi-huah attended as Ma's special envoy.

In his first leg of the seven-day trip, Ma will meet with Panamanian government officials to discuss issues of mutual concern and be jointly interviewed by international media, including Agence France-Presse (AFP), Associated Press (AP), German Press Agency (DPA) and Reuters, while he stays in the Central American country.

Ma and his delegation will then depart for El Salvador early July 2, where he will meet with President Salvador Sanchez Ceren. Ma also plans to visit the Women City Project there to meet with women and children to review how living conditions of local women have been improved due to the project, which Taiwan contributes to.

Both Panama and El Salvador have diplomatic ties with the Republic of China. This is Ma's tenth overseas trip since taking office in May 2008.

The president was invited by Panama President Ricardo Martinelli and deputy president Juan Carlos Varela, along with El Salvador President Salvador Sanchez Ceren.

On his way back to Taiwan, Ma will stop on July 3 in San Francisco, California, to greet expatriates living in the hilly city on the west coast of the United States, where one of the largest Chinatowns in America is located.

The president's delegation will make transit stops in Hawaii, while entering and leaving America, with plans calling for his return to Taiwan late on July 5.

Economics Minister Chang Chia-juch, Transportation Minister Yeh Kuang-shih and Overseas Community Affairs Council Minister Chen Shyh-kwei will travel in the 81-member entourage.

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