Taipei, Nov. 12 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Monday expressed her gratitude to her Palauan counterpart in Taipei for Palau's support of Taiwan in the international community.
Tsai also said during a meeting with Palau's President Tommy Remengesau Jr. at the Presidential Office that she is looking forward to visiting Palau.
Noting that Palau had voiced support for Taiwan at many international forums, including the World Health Assembly in May, the United Nations General Assembly, and the U.N. High-Level Meeting on Non-communicable Disease in September, Tsai thanked Remengesau Jr. for that backing on behalf of Taiwan's people.
Tsai praised Remengesau Jr. for his focus on climate change, marine resources and clean energy, and said Taiwan will continue to cooperate with Palau in these areas.
The two countries have many common goals to achieve, she said, including one related to a resolution passed at the 2018 Austronesian Forum in Taipei in August that the fourm will have its permanent headquarters set up in Palau and its secretariat in Taipei.
That means the two countries will need to work together to help establish links and promote exchanges among Austronesian peoples, she said.
Remengesau Jr. said the relations between the two countries are more like the ties that bond siblings rather than simply friends.
He said Palau will continue to learn from Taiwan, and he expressed his appreciation for the many exchange programs between Taiwan and Palau in the areas of health, education and economic development.
The president expressed his belief that Taiwan has much to contribute to the international community, particularly in achieving the United Nations's sustainable development goals.
Remengesau Jr. is on a state visit to Taiwan from Nov. 10 to 14. His last visit to Taiwan was in 2016.