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Legislative speaker to visit St. Lucia

2019/02/20 12:17:29

Taipei, Feb. 20 (CNA) Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) will depart for St. Lucia on Wednesday evening as President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) special envoy to its 40th anniversary of independence celebrations.

During his seven-day trip, Su and his delegation will also meet with Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, Senate President Jeannie Giraudy-McIntyre, House Speaker Andy Daniel and other top officials, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said in a statement Wednesday.

He will also attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Hewanorra International Airport redevelopment project, which will be financed by a loan from Taiwan.

Taiwanese business leaders will be accompanying Su on the trip to explore potential investment and trade opportunities between Taiwan and Saint Lucia, the statement said.

St. Lucia celebrates its Independence Day on Feb. 22, the date in 1979 when it became an independent state of the Commonwealth of Nations.

The Caribbean island country first established diplomatic ties with Taiwan in 1984 before it switched recognition to China in 1997.

It then severed ties with Beijing and recognized Taipei again in 2007 and opened its embassy in Taipei in June 2015, making it St. Lucia's first embassy in Asia.

(By Joseph Yeh)