Nauru welcomes Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen flew to Nauru from Palau on Sunday to continue her eight-day visit to three diplomatic allies in the Pacific, which will also take her to the Marshall Islands.

Tsai was greeted by Republic of China Ambassador to Nauru Chow Chin-fa and Nauruan officials, including Education Minister Charmaine Scotty and Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Michael Aroi, at the Nauru airport.

During her stay before she leaves for the Marshall Islands on March 26, Tsai will hold talks with President Baron Divavesi Waqa, address the parliament and witness the signing of a sea patrol cooperation accord between the two countries.

She also met with Nauru Speaker of Parliament Cyril Buraman at a luncheon, visited the Naoero Museum, and offered encouragement to the orthopedics team from Taiwan's Taichung Veterans General Hospital.

Taiwan Focus reports Tsai and Waqa will also jointly attend the opening ceremony of the Taiwan Agriculture and Livestock Education Center established by the Taiwan Technical Mission in Nauru.

This is Tsai's sixth official trip abroad and second one to the Pacific since taking office in May 2016, following a visit to the Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu in October 2017.

In a media address, President Waqa said the visit, “is a great honour for Nauru.”

“We are very close friends with Taiwan, and the visit of President Tsai is another means of building a stronger relationship,” President Waqa said.

Nauru and Taiwan’s friendship spans more than 30 years and continues to flourish with shared responsibilities and genuine respect for the universal values of peace, freedom, democracy and human rights.


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