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Burkina Faso president lauds ties with ROC

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso -- Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore lauded ties between his country and the Republic of China Saturday during a meeting with his Taiwanese counterpart, President Ma Ying-jeou, in the capital of the African country.

Ma's visit will help to advance the friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries, Compaore said at a joint news conference in Ouagadougou with Ma.

Burkina Faso was the second leg of Ma's eight-day diplomatic tour that began Jan. 23. He earlier visited Sao Tome and Principe, another of Taiwan's three diplomatic allies in Africa.

Noting that this year will mark the 20th anniversary of the R.O.C. and Burkina Faso resuming official diplomatic ties, Ma said that both sides have maintained close cooperation over the past two decades.

Ma also took the opportunity to reiterate his administration's efforts to improve Taiwan's relations with China, Japan, the European Union and the United States, as well as expand Taiwan's participation in international organizations.

The results of improved Taiwan-China ties are clear, and Taiwan's achievements in expanding its participation in international organizations, such as the World Health Assembly and the International Civil Aviation Organization, are widely known, Compaore said.

Compaore also expressed hope that Taiwan will be able to participate in the United Nations Climate Change Conference in the near future.

He said he will embark on a visit to Taiwan later this year at the invitation of the Taiwanese government.

Ma last visited Burkina Faso in April 2012.

With his visit to Africa wrapped up, Ma was on his way to Honduras in Central America to attend the Jan. 27 inauguration of Honduran president-elect Juan Orlando Hernandez.

He and his entourage are set to return to Taiwan Jan. 30, the eve of the Lunar New Year.

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