President Tsai Ing-wen met with a delegation led by Republic of Palau Minister of State Faustina Rehuher-Marugg on the afternoon of October 8. She stated that the partnership between Palau and the Republic of China (Taiwan) is growing closer and closer. In the years to come, she said, Taiwan will continue to contribute related technologies and experience to the rest of the world in areas like maritime conservation, climate change, and renewable energy, and work with Palau for a better world.
A translation of the president's remarks follows:
During my visit to Palau this March, Minister Rehuher-Marugg accompanied me on much of my tour. She took me into their communities to introduce the weaving skills of the elders and other aspects of their traditional culture, including the local cuisine. It gives me great delight to welcome the Minister to Taiwan for our 108th National Day celebrations.
Just a few days ago, the Republic of Palau celebrated its 25th anniversary of independence. Prior to the celebrations, our congratulatory delegation also participated in the 2019 International Austronesian Languages Revitalization Forum and the 2019 Executive Council Meeting of the Austronesian Forum. I heard that these events were a great success. I am confident that, through such mutual visits, celebratory events, and jointly held forums, the relations between our two countries will continue to grow closer in the years to come.
In the international arena, we have always been close allies, working together for a better world. Our sincere gratitude goes to President Tommy E. Remengesau for supporting Taiwan's participation in international organizations. In particular, we greatly appreciate his recognition of our commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in his speech at the recent UN General Assembly.
Indeed, Taiwan is a member of both the Pacific community and the global village. We are proud of Palau's longstanding efforts in such areas as maritime conservation, climate change, and renewable energy. It is our duty and honor to work together on promoting such endeavors. Thus, Taiwan will continue to contribute related technologies and experience to the rest of the world.
Minister Rehuher-Marugg was the curator of the Belau National Museum and received many scholars and tourists from Taiwan over the years. This time, we have the pleasure of introducing Taiwan's ethnic groups and museums to her. Cultural and academic exchanges of this kind are definitely worth exploring further together.
Once again, I would like to welcome Minister Rehuher-Marugg to Taiwan. May you have a pleasant and fruitful visit!