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Taiwan's foreign affairs minister arrives in Marshall Islands

2018/11/19 22:57:45

Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮, center) / image taken from MOFA website

Taipei, Nov. 19 (CNA) Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) arrived in the Marshall Islands on Monday for a three-day visit that will celebrate 20 years of diplomatic relations between the two nations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said in a statement.

Wu will mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Taiwan and the Marshall Islands on Nov. 20, 1998 on Tuesday before leaving on Wednesday.

Upon his arrival earlier in the day, Wu was greeted by Bruce Kijiner, the Marshall Islands' vice minister of foreign affairs and trade, and Neijon Edwards, designated ambassador to Taiwan, on behalf of Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade John Silk, who is currently on an overseas trip, the MOFA said.

Marshall Islands immigration director Damien Jacklick presented Wu with a certificate as the first person with Republic of China (Taiwan) citizenship to enter the country visa-free, the MOFA statement said.

Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮, left) and Marshall Islands immigration director Damien Jacklick (right) / image taken from MOFA website

Baushuan Ger (葛葆萱), head of the MOFA's Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, said last Thursday that reciprocal visa-free stays of up to 90 days between Taiwan and Marshall Islands citizens would take effect beginning Nov. 19.

Later in the day, Wu visited Ajeltake Public Elementary School, Taiwan's technical mission in the country, and an agricultural cooperation achievement exhibition as part of the celebration of 20 years of diplomatic ties, the MOFA said.

Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮, back, seventh left) / image taken from MOFA website

(By Ku Chuan and William Yen)
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