efe-epaPort-au-Prince

The president of Taiwan on Saturday committed support to Haiti in its development path during her first stop of a four-nation Caribbean tour amid Taipei's declining list of allies in the region.

Tsai Ing-wen was received in Port-au-Prince by her Haitian counterpart Jovenel Moise.

She expressed Taipei's support for the country in the form of investments, although the two sides did not finalize any agreement.

During her talks with Moise and a visit to Musée du Panthéon National, Tsai said she was in the country to boost ties and reinforce friendship between the two countries.

She said Taiwan was committed to support Haiti and invest in its development projects.

The Taiwanese president's visit to the Caribbean countries after the neighboring El Salvador and the Dominican Republic broke off their diplomatic ties with Taipei to throw their diplomatic weight behind China.

That left Taiwan with only 17 countries that still officially recognize Taiwan as a country.

These include Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Saint Lucia, the four Antillean countries which will Tsai will be touring.

China considers Taiwan part of its territory and has been poaching on its diplomatic allies.

Tsai reached Haiti after making a stop in the United States, where she met with business leaders, despite not having any diplomatic ties with the country.

Moise told Tsai that Haiti was working towards forming a government soon and end the political crisis in the country.

He further said Taiwan continued to be an excellent model of sustainable results for an economy like Haiti that seeks growth and creation of massive employment.

He urged his Taiwanese counterpart to boost economic relations to fight against the enemies of Haiti's growth which are exclusion, precariousness.

He reiterated that the two countries should reinforce their bilateral ties, particularly in the economic matters even though they are oceans apart.

Tsai is set to leave for Saint Kitts and Nevis later in the evening and will continue her Caribbean tour in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, to be followed by Saint Lucia, which will be her last stop before returning to Taiwan on Friday.

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