President accepts credentials from new Nauruan ambassador

09/09/2019 05:07 PM
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Taipei, Sept. 9 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) accepted the credentials of the new ambassador of Nauru to Taiwan, Jarden Kephas, at the Presidential Office Monday.

During the meeting, the president welcomed Kephas to his new post and said she looks forward to working closely with him to open up new areas for cooperation between Taiwan and Nauru and further strengthening their diplomatic partnership.

Last month, Nauru held parliamentary and presidential elections, Tsai noted.

"With your arrival in Taiwan, Ambassador Kephas, and through our joint efforts, I am sure that relations between our countries will continue to grow," she said.

The Republic of China (Taiwan) and Nauru are both maritime nations, as well as close diplomatic allies. Over the past three years, the two countries have forged stronger cooperation and exchanges in all domains, including health care, agriculture, animal husbandry, fisheries and clean energy, the president said.

Tsai went on to say that during a state visit she made to Nauru in March this year, she had the opportunity to observe first-hand the success of this bilateral cooperation.

She said the two countries are continuing efforts to bolster cooperation. Last month, a fact-finding mission from Taiwan visited Nauru to explore trade opportunities. This month, an official delegation of agricultural and port authorities will travel to Nauru to better understand potential collaboration in related industries.

In the international arena, Nauru has always demonstrated tremendous friendship to Taiwan. "I want to thank Nauru for its longstanding support for Taiwan's international participation. I am confident that our countries will work together to make even greater contributions to the world," the president said.

She said Taiwan will adhere to the spirit of "steadfast diplomacy and mutual assistance for mutual benefit," sharing its experience with Nauru to jointly advance prosperity.

"We look forward to working closely with you to open up new areas for bilateral cooperation and to further strengthen our diplomatic partnership," she added.

(By Yeh Su-ping and Evelyn Kao)


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