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Guatemala foreign minister vows to maintain Taiwan ties

Central American nation focused on working with U.S. on immigration and economy

A view of Volcan de Agua, a volcano in Guatemala. The Central American nation is among 14 that recognize Taiwan as a sovereign country.

MEXICO CITY -- Guatemala will "definitely" maintain diplomatic ties with Taiwan, Foreign Minister Mario Bucaro told Nikkei, even as more of the country's neighbors switch allegiances to Beijing.

Taiwan has diplomatic relations with 14 countries, eight of them in Central and South America. Guatemala is its oldest partner with ties dating back to 1933. It is also the largest economy on the list, which is largely made up of small island nations in the Caribbean and the Pacific.

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