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Solomon Islands prime minister arrives in Taiwan for 6-day visit

2018/05/20 22:20:49

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Taipei, May. 20 (CNA) A delegation led by Solomon Islands' Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela arrived Taiwan on Sunday for his first ever trip to the country since he assumed office in Nov. 2017, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced.

The delegation, which will stay in Taiwan until May 25, will call on President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) as well as Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮), and witness a ceremony to mark the initiation of cooperation between Taiwan's Maritime Port Bureau and Solomon Islands Ports Authority, according to a MOFA statement released on Sunday.

Tsai will host a military salute and a reception in honor of Houenipwela to welcome the delegation from Taiwan's Pacific ally.

Meanwhile, MOFA announced that a delegation from Taiwan's African ally, Kingdom of eSwatini, has also arrived on Sunday for a six-day visit.

The 18-strong delegation led by Chief Mgwagwa Gamedze, eSwatini's minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, will meet with Wu and joined a banquet to be hosted by Vice Foreign Minister Jose Maria Liu (劉德立), according to the ministry.

Formerly known as Kingdom of Swaziland, King Mswati III announced this March to change his country's name to the Kingdom of eSwatini to mark the 50th year since independence from British rule.

(By Joseph Yeh)