Premier Lai talks bilateral cooperation with St. Lucia prime minister

  • Date: 2017-11-09
  • Source: Department of Information Services, Executive Yuan
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Premier Lai Ching-te today received Prime Minister Allen Chastanet of St. Lucia to exchange views on matters important to both nations and discuss strengthening of cooperative bilateral ties. The premier expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Chastanet for voicing support for Taiwan on the international stage, and welcomed his visit as a show of friendship between St. Lucia and Taiwan.

Prime Minister Chastanet has supported Taiwan on numerous occasions, including at the World Health Organization, and the U.N. General Assembly’s general debate this past September 22. Premier Lai thanked him for his statements of affirmation that have helped the world better understand Taiwan’s readiness to contribute as a member of the global village.

In decades past, Taiwan was able to build economic success thanks to hard work by its people as well as support from the international community, so it is more than willing to work with St. Lucia to promote bilateral development in agriculture, fisheries, information and communications technology (ICT), and other economic endeavors, Premier Lai said.

St. Lucia is one of Taiwan’s most important diplomatic allies in the Caribbean Sea and this is Mr. Chastanet’s second visit to Taiwan in the capacity of prime minister. The two nations have enjoyed many successful collaborations in areas ranging from agriculture and fisheries, to ICT and infrastructure, to public health and education. As an example, St. Lucia was able to revive its banana industry and boost agriculture production value with assistance from Taiwan, Premier Lai said.

Accompanying the Prime Minister and Mrs. Chastanet at today’s meeting were St. Lucia’s ambassador to Taiwan Hubert Emmanuel, Executive Yuan Spokesperson Hsu Kuo-yung, and Taiwan’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs José María Liu.