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Direct flights between Taiwan, Palau to increase next year: Tsai

2017/11/21 21:44:57

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文, left) and Sabino Anastacio

Taipei, Nov. 21 (CNA) Interactions between the people of Taiwan and Palau will be further enhanced by increasing the number of direct flights between the two countries, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Tuesday during a meeting with a delegation from the Pacific island nation.

"Beginning next year, more direct flights will be added between Taiwan and Palau to facilitate more exchanges by the two peoples," Tsai told Palau's House of Delegates Speaker Sabino Anastacio, who arrived in Taiwan on Nov. 18 on a five-day visit.

Tsai thanked Anastacio for his staunch support of Taiwan, commending him for having played an important role in the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries when he served as Palau's minister of state.

Meanwhile, the president also extended the government's gratitude to Palau President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. for speaking out in favor of Taiwan at the United Nations General Assembly on numerous occasions.

Since Taiwan and Palau established formal diplomatic relations, the two countries have closely cooperated in a number of areas, such as medical care, she said, noting that two medical students from Palau recently completed a study course at I-Shou University in Kaohsiung and have since returned to take up internships at home.

"We look forward to deepening cooperation with Palau to jointly promote sustainable development," Tsai said.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the two countries have initiated numerous cooperative projects, covering everything from medical care and agriculture to fishing and talent development.

Anastacio also called on Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) on Tuesday to exchange ideas on expanding Taiwan-Palau cooperation.

(By Yeh Su-ping and Ko Lin)