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Marshall Islands President Heine visits Taiwan

2019/10/24 17:14:00

Taipei, Oct. 24 (CNA) Marshall Islands President Hilda C. Heine is leading a delegation on a four-day visit to Taiwan to enhance bilateral ties, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday.

Heine, whose delegation includes Marshall Islands Foreign Minister John M. Silk and Minister of Natural Resources and Commerce Dennis P. Momotaro, is scheduled to meet with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) Friday, according to a press release issued by MOFA.

Also on Friday, Heine and Tsai will witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Taiwan External Development Council and the Marshall Islands Ministry of Natural Resources and Commerce on the establishment of sisterhood links between New Taipei and Jaluit Atoll, MOFA said.

Her four-day itinerary also includes an award ceremony for an honorary doctorate she will receive from Fu Jen Catholic University and tours of cultural and economic institutions to learn more about Taiwan, MOFA said.

The first female head of state in the Marshall Islands, Heine had visited Taiwan twice before -- in May 2016 and July 2018.

The Marshall Islands president is "a long-term friend of Taiwan committed to promoting two-way cooperation in all fields," MOFA said.

The Marshall Islands is one of Taiwan's 15 diplomatic allies and one of four in the Pacific.

(By Flor Wang and Elaine Hou)
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