VP calls for Tuvalu's support for Taiwan's international participation

08/27/2018 05:39 PM
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Taipei, Aug. 27 (CNA) Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) expressed gratitude to Tuvalu Monday for its support of Taiwan's international participation and voiced his hope that the Pacific nation will continue its support.

Chen made the remarks during a meeting with a Tuvaluan delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Maatia Toafa.

It is Toafa's second visit to Taiwan since President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) took office in May 2016, while Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sosene Sopoaga met with Tsai for the fourth time in May, Chen said, adding that the frequent exchanges show the close and friendly relations between the two countries.

Taiwan and Tuvalu are both members of the Austronesian language family, Chen noted, saying that earlier this month, Taiwan and other member countries and regions opened the 2018 Austronesian Forum, which has helped establish substantive relations between members of the Austronesian language family and enhance cooperation between Taiwan and Tuvalu.

Chen said that aside from cultural exchanges, the two countries have achieved great results in their cooperation in the areas of agriculture, medical care and education.

Next year, Tuvalu will host the Pacific Islands Forum and Taiwan will send a delegation to participate in the event to show the importance it attaches to the development of the Pacific region and the support of its diplomatic allies, according to Chen.

Tuvalu has long supported Taiwan's international participation, Chen said, citing as an example Tuvalu's Health Minister Santini Tulaga Manuella speaking out for Taiwan at the World Health Assembly this year.

Chen also thanked Tuvalu for speaking up for Taiwan and expressed hope that the country will continue its backing for Taiwan's bid to participate in the Conference of Directors General of Civil Aviation - Asia and Pacific Region, the United Nations General Assembly and the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change later this year.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Evelyn Kao)

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