Nauru congratulates Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen on re-election

Nauru has congratulated President Tsai Ing-wen for her win in the election held in Taiwan over the weekend.

Ms Tsai has secured a second term as President.

 “You are a great friend of Nauru & the Pacific region & we look forward to continuing to stand with Taiwan & stand up for democracy across the world,” the Nauru Government tweeted on its Twitter account.

In response the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan thanked Nauru for the warm congratulatory message.

@iingwen & the government & people of #Taiwan truly treasure the deep friendship & rock-solid support of #IndoPacific partner.”

BBC reports the election is dominated by the island's relationship with China.

Ms Tsai secured just over 57% of the ballot - a record 8.2m votes - well ahead of her rival Han Kuo-yu.

Ms Tsai opposes closer ties with China, with Mr Han suggesting they would bring economic benefits.

In her victory speech, Ms Tsai told China to abandon its threat to take back the island by force.