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President Tsai hopes to visit Solomon Islands

2017/09/26 23:22:37

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文, right) and Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare (left)

Taipei, Sept. 26 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) expressed hopes on Tuesday to visit the Solomon Islands some day in the future in order to have more exchanges with the government and people of the Pacific island nation.

Speaking at the dinner party she hosted in Taipei in honor of Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare who is heading a 15-member delegation, Tsai said that her administration has been implementing "steadfast diplomacy" which, she said, needs to be experienced in person.

Taiwan and the Solomon Islands have been increasing cooperation and exchanges in many fields, Tsai said, adding that an increasing number of Taiwanese are seen in the Pacific island nation, including young volunteers, scientific researchers and technical mission members who are helping with the islands' development projects.

In Taiwan, the number of students from the Solomon Islands is also increasing, Tsai said, adding that they will become "Taiwan experts" in the future.

There will be a special exhibition on the Solomon Islands at the National Museum of Natural Science in Taichung, showing the fruitful results of bilateral exchanges between the two nations, the president added.

Tsai said she was looking forward to seeing the relations between the two countries elevated to new heights.

Earlier in the day, Tsai welcomed Sogavare to Taiwan with full military honors at a ceremony.

Heading a 15-strong delegation, Sogavare arrived in Taipei a day earlier on a five-day official visit.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Romulo Huang)