President Tsai Ing-wen and Eswatini's King Mswati III conversed by phone in English at the Presidential Office on the morning of October 29.
President Tsai began by thanking King Mswati III on behalf of the people of Taiwan for his condolences following the train derailment in Yilan County.
The president stated that her administration has been working very hard to make Taiwan a better place. In her National Day address this year, she mentioned that we want to do whatever we can to work with our diplomatic allies to develop mutually beneficial relationships, while helping our friends in terms of economic development. We are also building new markets and new bases for our further expansion in the future. And as she spoke about these issues, the president said, she actually had Eswatini in mind.
President Tsai remarked that she reviewed the cooperation projects that Taiwan and Eswatini have been working on over the last few months, and that she understood the progress that has been made. Hopefully, she said, the two countries can move forward as fast as possible and produce results in the short run. She also stated that people on both sides are travelling between Taiwan and Eswatini and working very hard, especially on the medical and the power plant projects.
The president mentioned that she really enjoyed her visit to Eswatini this year, and was delighted to have the opportunity to receive King Mswati III in Taiwan. She also said she is sure that the two countries can jointly move the bilateral relationship forward, and that the projects we are now working on together are all very meaningful.
President Tsai closed her remarks by congratulating King Mswati III on the appointment of a new prime minister, and stating that we will do whatever we can to work with the prime minister and make our cooperation projects successful. She also thanked the king for speaking out for Taiwan at the United Nations General Assembly on September 26.
The call between President Tsai and King Mswati III lasted for about 10 minutes, and National Security Council Secretary-General David. T. Lee (李大維), Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮), and Eswatini Ambassador to the ROC Thamie Dlamini were all on hand for the conversation.