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President Tsai meets Taiwan allies' permanent representatives to the United Nations at TECO reception

2019-07-11

President Tsai meets Taiwan allies' permanent representatives to the United Nations at TECO reception

Thank you all for being here, and for your warm welcome to New York. We actually have met many times in Taipei before, but it is wonderful to be able to see both old and new friends on our Journey of Freedom, Democracy, and Sustainability. This journey would take us to Haiti, St. Christopher and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and St. Lucia.

Today's visit to this mission is great, and I cannot think of a better group of friends to share this moment with us.

Our allies provide a crucial pathway for Taiwan to engage with the world. You help to amplify the voices of the Taiwanese people, and our aspirations are heard around the world thanks to you and your dedication.

I am delighted to have the opportunity to visit our allies in different parts of the world to renew our bonds of friendship, and work to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals together.

Taiwan may not be large, but we are an irreplaceable member of the international community. We have much to contribute to global efforts in humanitarian aid, medical assistance, and disease prevention.

I want to reiterate that Taiwan is not, and will never be, intimidated. The challenges we face only serve to strengthen our resolve to engage with the international community.

The 23 million people of Taiwan have a right to participate in international affairs, and this right should not be subject to political preconditions. On behalf of the people and government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), I want to thank our allies for consistently speaking up for our country at major international venues.

Your support has placed a spotlight on Taiwan's desire to contribute to the international community, and more like-minded countries than ever are speaking up for our cause.

So I look forward to all of your continued support for our UN campaign this coming September.

Taiwan is ready, willing and able to do more for the world. Together, we can live up to the SDG vision to forge the world we want, and the future we need.

Now, I invite you all to raise your glass, and join me in a toast: To prosperity for our countries, and to our friendship!

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