President Lee Teng-hui this morning told visiting Solomon Islands Premier Bartholomew Ulufaalu that the Republic of China is willing to develop close relations with the Solomon Islands and with other countries in the South Pacific region.
The President Lee said that, with its great success in the economic and political fields, the ROC wishes to make a contribution to the international community by sharing its development experience with the developing countries and helping them with various construction projects.
Meanwhile, President Lee expressed his appreciation for the South Pacific country's firm support for the ROC's bid to join the United Nations and other international organizations.
Premier Ulufa'alu thanked President Lee for the assistance the ROC has provided to his country over the years. He also expressed his hope that relations between both countries will be further enhanced.
Premier Ulufa'alu also reassured President Lee that his country will continue to back up the ROC's efforts to enter the United Nations, the South Pacific Forum and other international organizations.
Premier Ulufa'alu and his delegation were accompanied by ROC Vice Minister Tzen Wen-hua to the Office of the President for the meeting. Dr. Ding Mou-shih, secretary-general of the ROC National Security Council, and Dr. Su Chi, deputy secretary-general to the President, were also present.