Taiwan, Swaziland like 'sworn brothers': Tsai

04/19/2018 10:47 PM
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Mbabane, April 19 (CNA) Taiwan and Swaziland are like "sworn brothers" who can always count on each other's support, President Tsai Ing-wen said during her speech at a ceremony Thursday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the African kingdom's independence and the 50th birthday of King Mswati III.

In her speech, Tsai called the diplomatic ties between the two countries, which are also a half century old this year, "unwavering."

She talked about the challenges that Taiwan and Swaziland have seen each other through, saying that both sides have always made the right, long-lasting and best decisions for their respective peoples.

This diplomatic relationship has translated into multiple initiatives in education, medicine, infrastructure development and agriculture undertaken by Taiwan in Swaziland, with Tsai promising the Swazi people that Taiwan will do whatever it can to help improve living standards in the kingdom.

"We believe that when Swaziland develops, Taiwan will also benefit," she noted.

In particular, Swaziland, a member of the United Nations (UN), has repeatedly spoken up supporting Taiwan's participation at the UN and other international organizations, for which Tsai extended her appreciation.

Tsai said that under the rule of King Mswati III, Swaziland really is Taiwan's best friend on the international stage, and being able to count on its support means a lot.

As both countries continue to strive for their respective goals -- Taiwan for more international participation and Swaziland its 2022 development plan -- both Tsai and Mswati III promised to continue supporting each other.

As Swaziland works for its development plan, Taiwan -- which has excellent track records and great experience -- can play a good role, said the king.

(By Yeh Su-ping and Kuan-lin Liu)


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