New Marshall Islands ambassador presents credentials to President Tsai

02/15/2019 02:31 PM

Taipei, Feb. 15 (CNA) The Marshall Islands new Ambassador to the Republic of China (Taiwan) Neijon Rema Edwards presented her credentials to President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Friday.

In a speech at the ceremony, Tsai welcomed Edwards and said Taiwan was willing to work in various areas to establish a closer relationship with the Pacific Island ally and help create a path to sustainable development.

Tsai said she was delighted at the progress in relations between Taiwan and the Marshall over the past two years and she hoped the ties would continue to expand.

Marshall Islands President Hilda C. Heine has given strong support to Taiwan's efforts at international participation and can see Taiwan's determination to be a part of international community, Tsai said.

During a visit to Taiwan last year, Heine signed two bilateral agreements on a visa-free program and marine patrol cooperation.

Edwards succeeds Frederick H. Muller, who served as the Marshall Islands' ambassador to Taiwan from 2015-2018.

According to Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Edwards has a wealth of experience in the diplomatic field, having served as her country's embassy in Fiji, at its United Nation Mission in New York, and as Chief of Protocol in the Marshall Islands' foreign ministry.

Taiwan and the Marshall Islands established diplomatic relations in 1998.

(By Yeh Su-ping and Chung Yu-chen)


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