Saint Lucia prime minister reiterates support for Taiwan

10/31/2019 05:29 PM

Taipei, Oct. 31 (CNA) Saint Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet reiterated his government's support for Taiwan in a recent statement to the Saint Lucia parliament, its embassy in Taiwan said Thursday.

Saint Lucia highly values its growing friendship and bilateral cooperation with Taiwan, Chastanet said, "and remains committed to providing support at the diplomatic and international levels."

In his statement, Chastanet reported on his recent visit to Taiwan, where he was a guest of honor at the Republic of China National Day Parade.

Accompanied by Stevenson King, Saint Lucia's Minister of Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labor, and the country's Senate President Jeannine Giraudy-MacIntyre, Chastanet held meetings with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and various government, business and education officials.

Chastanet lauded the performance of Saint Lucian dancers in the parade, which was a celebration of the nation's triumph over three centuries of adversity and their heroic fight for freedom, the embassy said.

A gala concert held by the embassy in Taiwan, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Saint Lucia's independence, was also praised by Chastanet.

He concluded the statement by reaffirming his government's support for Taiwan, said the embassy.

Saint Lucia is one of Taiwan's four diplomatic allies in the Caribbean.

President Tsai visited the island nation for the first time in July, where she addressed the Saint Lucia parliament.

(By Elaine Hou and Chiang Yi-ching)


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