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Taiwan’s foreign minister pays official visit to St Kitts-Nevis

H.E. Wu was greeted and welcomed at the private jet terminal, Kayan Jet, by the Honourable Mark Brantley, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Aviation in St. Kitts and Nevis, Kay Bass, Permanent Secretary, as well as other government officials.

“We are delighted Excellency to have you here and to visit with us. I think all of St. Kitts and Nevis know that Taiwan has been a very good friend and it is our desire that on your inaugural visit here that you will enjoy all of the beauty and hospitality that our country has to offer,” said Foreign Minister Brantley.

Minister Brantley used the occasion to talk briefly on the relationship between both countries with Taiwan having been the first country to recognize St. Kitts and Nevis when the island gained independence on September 19, 1983.

“That relationship has grown from strength to strength over those years. You have assisted us in terms of security, the development of our greatest resource – which is our human resource –, our planning, and our health sector,” he said. “We have benefited in so many ways from this relationship and we continue to seek to deepen this relationship that we have enjoyed and continue to enjoy.”

Foreign Minister Brantley assured H.E. Wu that “Taiwan has a friend in St. Kitts-Nevis” and that the Federation “will continue to speak up and speak out that Taiwan ought not to be left out.” He added, that the Federation “will continue to be a voice because we feel that Taiwan has an important contribution to make in the world and we will continue to speak for and on behalf of our dear friend Taiwan.”

His Excellency Wu echoed his delight in being able to visit St. Kitts and Nevis, and shared similar sentiments with regards to the strong relationship between both countries.

“We have been working together in all kinds of areas such as infrastructure, agriculture and medical attention. And we will continue to work with St. Kitts and Nevis in the area of capacity building and scholarships… to make sure that the development experience of Taiwan can also be learned and shared,” said Taiwan’s Foreign Minister. “I can assure you that Taiwan will continue to work together with you in strengthening the relationship between our two countries in whatever area that we can work on together.”

He noted that the area Taiwan is most indebted to St. Kitts and Nevis for is that of Taiwan’s international participation “because Taiwan is being isolated internationally and fortunately we have a friend… like St. Kitts and Nevis who always speaks out on behalf of Taiwan,” he added.

Foreign Minister Wu paid a courtesy call on the Governor General, His Excellency Sir. S.W. Tapley Seaton. H.E. Wu and his delegation met with Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, as well as other Cabinet Members.

H.E. Wu, who is accompanied by his wife and other dignitaries from Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) including Tah-Ray Yui, Director-General in Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs; I-Chieh Chou, Senior Secretary in Minister’s Office; Yi-Cheng Lin, Section Chief in Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs and I-Ching Liu, Officer in Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs, will visit the Brimstone Fortress and National Park, and the sister isle, Nevis.

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Taiwan donates US$300,000 towards vehicles for police

Taiwan’s latest donation to St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) has come in the form of vehicles for the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVGPF) valued at US$300,000.

This donation was officially recognised at a press briefing on Wednesday, in line with the visit to St Vincent and the Grenadines of foreign affairs minister of the Republic of China on Taiwan, Dr Jaushieh Joseph Wu, a stop on his official Caribbean tour.

Wu, while speaking at the press briefing, said that both Taiwan and SVG have been working together in many regards over the past three decades.

“One thing that we are always very proud of, in working together with St Vincent and the Grenadines, is to provide Taiwan scholarships for the bright, young people in this country for higher education in Taiwan and we are also very proud to be able to work together with your country to provide opportunities for capacity building…” he said.

The foreign minister said that his country has been squeezed out of international forums, but SVG has and continues to advocate strongly for Taiwan’s international participation.

He made reference to a recent speech made by Luke Browne, SVG’s health minister at the World Health Assembly and said that Browne was now considered “a rockstar in Taiwan because he has spoken so eloquently in helping Taiwan’s international participation”.

“It not just me, the minister of foreign affairs speaking of our appreciation to help our international participation and its not just Taiwan’s government who appreciates your support, its the people of Taiwan,” Wu said. “We were touched by your staunch support of Taiwan’s international participation and I certainly hope that Taiwan and St Vincent and the Grenadines can continue to work with each other.”

Wu also said that as Taiwan’s foreign minister, he will continue to work with SVG to advance both country’s bilateral relationship.

Taiwan’s donation includes seven SUVs, a car and two motorcycles.

Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves reiterated Wu’s sentiments and said that both countries have had a close and productive friendship over the years.

“We don’t have to recite before the members of the media here, the tremendous assistance…material assistance that the Republic of China (on Taiwan) has given to us. Among the most important things in our relationship is the people to people relationship between ourselves and the Republic of China on Taiwan,” Gonsalves said.

Gonsalves noted that this country will soon deepen its ties to Taiwan when it opens an embassy there.

And the prime minister asked Wu to “please convey our heartfelt gratitude to your president, the government and the people of Taiwan for the healthy assistance you have given to us”.

He also said that he hoped to welcome the president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-Wen to these shores sometime soon.

And Gonsalves said that the relations between both countries were good and he hoped to continue working together with Taiwan to “build ever more peaceful relations in all parts of this world including in Asia, across the Taiwan straits, in the way in which we see the Caribbean as a zone of peace”.

Following the press briefing, Wu and his delegation, which included his wife and other senior officials from the foreign affairs ministry of the Republic of China on Taiwan, went to the Prime Minister’s residence for cocktails.

This is his first visit to SVG and he left the country yesterday to continue his official tour of the Caribbean.

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Taiwan Foreign Affairs Minister To Visit Saint Lucia

Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Republic of China (Taiwan), Dr. Jaushieh Joseph Wu, is scheduled to visit Saint Lucia from May 30 – 31.

Saint Lucia and Taiwan have had a high level of bilateral cooperation which spans a cross-section of areas including agriculture, health, human resource development, community development and empowerment, sports, infrastructure and ICT. Over the last few years the Government of Saint Lucia has sought to deepen our ties with Taiwan and our two countries have entered into loan agreements for an Island-wide Road Rehabilitation Programme and for the redevelopment of the Hewanorra International Airport.

During his visit, Dr. Wu will meet with Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet and members of the Cabinet. He will also visit the recently opened Hummingbird Beach Park which was financed by the Taiwanese and participate in the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Overseas Engineering and Construction Corporation (OECC) contract signing ceremony and Road Rehabilitation sod-turning in Saltibus on Friday.

On his visit to the Caribbean, Dr. Wu was also scheduled to visit St Kitts and Nevis and St. Vincent and the Grenadines to enhance relations and build closer cooperation.

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