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MOFA tweets Nauruan president welcome video message

2019/03/15 20:54:20

Image taken from MOFA's Twitter page.

Taipei, March 15 (CNA) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) tweeted Friday a brief English translation of a message delivered by Nauru President Baron Divavesi Waqa, who posted a video the previous day welcoming President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to the Pacific island nation.

"All Nauruans, please give President Tsai and her entourage a warm and humble welcome. It's rare for President Tsai to visit and this is a special occasion. #Nauru and #Taiwan are very close and friends. Please show President Tsai the utmost honor and respect," MOFA's tweet said.

On Thursday, the foreign ministry tweeted a message thanking Waqa for the friendly message in advance of Tsai's visit, noting that Taiwan and Nauru are "like-minded countries sharing Austronesian heritage and the goal of promoting IndoPacific peace, stability and prosperity."

The message came with a 63-second video recording by President Waqa in his native language.

According to MOFA, President Tsai will embark next week on a trip to three of Taiwan's Pacific allies, Palau, Nauru, and the Marshall Islands, where she will attend the first ever Pacific Women Leaders' Coalition Conference (PWLC).

Tsai will visit Palau from March 21-23 and Nauru from 24-25, before arriving in the Marshall Islands on March 26 for the first PWLC.

The upcoming trip will be Tsai's sixth overseas state visit since assuming office in May 2016, and her second trip to the nation's Pacific allies.

According to the PWLC website, the event will be held from March 26-27. It is being convened by President of the Marshall Islands Hilda C. Heine, and encourages women leaders from various fields to participate, raise their profile and build wider support for women's issues regionally and locally.

Taiwan currently maintains diplomatic relations with six Pacific countries, including Nauru, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Palau, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.

(By Elaine Hou and Ko Lin)
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