Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen received the Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade, Civil Aviation and Diaspora Affairs of Saint Lucia, Alva R. Baptiste, at the Presidential Office in Taipei.
Baptiste led a delegation from the Caribbean country that included, among others, the Minister of Youth Development and Sports, Kenson Joel Casimir, and Senator Lisa C. Jawahir, accompanied by the Ambassador of Saint Lucia in Taiwan, Robert K. Lewis.
Receiving the distinguished guests, Tsai stated that her country is committed to working with Saint Lucia for the purpose of expanding mutually beneficial programs as a way to generate greater well-being and prosperity for the peoples on both sides.
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Diplomatic ties between the two nations are deep and firm, Tsai said, referring to Saint Lucia Prime Minister Philip Pierre’s state visit in November last year, as well as Baptiste’s three previous trips.
According to the president, an increasing number of students from Saint Lucia went to Taiwan to participate in educational programs in recent years.
Likewise, the Taiwanese president took the opportunity to express her gratitude to Pierre and Baptiste for speaking out in favor of Taiwan’s international participation in the international arena.
In response, Baptiste stated that Saint Lucia admires allies such as Taiwan, with whom it can unite to meet challenges, praising its outstanding economy, and saying that mutual respect and trust are the foundation of the two parties’ renewed ties.