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President Tsai lauds bilateral ties with St. Lucia

2019/07/19 17:06

President Tsai Ing-wen (left) / CNA file photo

Saint Lucia, July 18 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) expressed confidence Thursday that Taiwan's relations with Saint Lucia will withstand the test of time and set a model for global sustainability partnership.

At a dinner banquet hosted for Saint Lucia officials, Tsai promised that Taiwan will continue to cooperate with Saint Lucia and help it achieve its development goals while praising the efforts of Taiwan's diplomatic and agricultural personnel in the country.

Citing a famous quote by Derek Alton Walcott, a Nobel Prize literature laureate from Saint Lucia, she said "I read; I travel; I become" while expressing her gratitude for the warm welcome she has received in the Caribbean nation.

Tsai said she has seen the vigor and beauty of Saint Lucia and gained a deeper understanding of the country.

For his part, Primer Minister Allen Chastanet said Saint Lucia has closely cooperated with Taiwan since he assumed office and called for the establishment of a win-win relationship between the two countries.

For Saint Lucia, the most important thing is to be mutually respectful, he said, adding that his country hopes to learn from and also share its experience with Taiwan.

Currently on a tour of Taiwan's four diplomatic allies in Caribbean, Tsai has also visited Haiti, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

She arrived in Saint Lucia Wednesday and was scheduled to leave Friday for Denver in the United States, where she will stay for two nights before returning to Taiwan on Monday.

(By Flor Wang and Wen Kuei-hsiang)Enditem/AW