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Taiwan, Marshall Islands ink deals on visa-free entry, patrols

2018/07/27 22:03:32

(Front row from right to left) Joseph Wu and John M. Silk; (Back row from R-L) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Marshall Islands President Hilda C. Heine

Taipei, July 27 (CNA) Taiwan and the Marshall Islands on Friday signed bilateral agreements on visa-free entry and maritime patrol collaboration to boost exchanges.

The agreement was inked by the foreign ministers of the two countries -- Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) and John M. Silk, and witnessed by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Marshall Islands President Hilda C. Heine at the Presidential Office in Taipei.

Speaking at the event, Tsai said she hoped that the bilateral agreement will help strengthen joint maritime security and facilitate people-to-people interaction.

Heine, meanwhile, said Taiwan and the Marshall Islands already work together across a wide range of areas such as agriculture, clean energy, environmental protection, health care and talent cultivation, and the new agreements will further advance bilateral relations.

She also thanked Taiwan's government for its long-term support, especially in the fields of education, health, energy, agriculture and fisheries.

Agreements in other fields are also being negotiated, Heine said, and she expects to see the two sides continue to build on the existing foundation and work together on other initiatives to advance sustainable development.

Heine arrived in Taiwan on a seven-day state visit on Thursday with a delegation of senior officials.

During her stay, Heine and her delegation will also explore Taiwan's history and culture through visits to the National Palace Museum in Taipei, Chimei Museum in Tainan and Meinong Hakka Culture Museum in Kaohsiung.

(By Yeh Su-ping and Ko Lin)