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President Tsai attends dinner banquet hosted by Prime Minister Harris

2019-07-14

President Tsai attends dinner banquet hosted by Prime Minister Harris

Today is the second day of my visit to Saint Christopher and Nevis. My delegation and I have had a full and wonderful day. I want to thank Prime Minister [Timothy] Harris and our many other good friends for your warm hospitality and precious friendship.

The geographical distance separating Taiwan and Saint Christopher and Nevis has not hampered the development of our brotherhood.

In fact, our diplomatic ties have spanned 36 years. In the last two years, Governor-General Sir [Tapley] Seaton, Prime Minister Harris, Deputy Prime Minister [Shawn] Richards, and Foreign Minister [Mark] Brantley have visited Taiwan, making our partnership closer and stronger.

This time around, it is my turn to visit Saint Christopher and Nevis. I have seen in person your beautiful islands and the sparkling blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. Now I fully understand why your country is often lauded as being "Two Islands, One Paradise."

As a maritime nation itself, Taiwan fully appreciates maritime culture, and seeks to work with you to achieve sustainable development goals. Today, I have seen for myself the beauty of Nevis, and attended the groundbreaking ceremony for Pinney's Beach Park. In the future, our two countries will continue to strengthen cooperation on the sustainable development of our tourism industries.

To develop a maritime nation, the support of an outstanding pool of talent is needed. Just minutes ago, we witnessed the signing of our bilateral agreement on technical and vocational education and training cooperation. We are always happy to share our experience in such undertakings, and help Saint Christopher and Nevis cultivate more technical professionals.

Over the years, our countries have worked together on many programs in agriculture, food processing, climate change adaptation, public health, and road surveillance. The leadership of Prime Minister Harris has played a key role in the realization of the fruits of our joint efforts.

Our goal is very clear: to make St. Christopher and Nevis a safe and sustainable tourist destination in the Caribbean. I trust that our success will also make this beautiful country a role model for its neighbors.

It is great to see our two countries continuing as reliable partners, and to witness our respective democratic development and economic growth. Without a doubt, we can continue to strengthen bilateral cooperation and work together in the spirit of mutual assistance for mutual benefits to create an even brighter future for both our peoples.

Now, please join me in a toast, wishing the Land of Beauty the very best of prosperity, and our countries everlasting friendship! Thank you.

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