President thanks Taiwan's allies for their support
Taipei, Oct. 10 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen expressed her gratitude to Taiwan's allies Monday for their support of the country's bids to participate in international organizations, and her hope that they will continue to speak out for Taiwan in the international community.
Meeting with Central American Parliament (Parlacen) President Jose Antonio Alvarado and members of the Parlacen delegation he was leading to attend the Double Ten National Day celebrations in Taipei, Tsai said that the Parlacen has always been a staunch supporter of Taiwan's bids to take part in international organizations.
The presence of Alvarado and his delegation in Taipei shows the sincere friendship of Taiwan's Central American allies, Tsai said.
At a separate meeting with Burkina Faso Foreign Minister Alpha Barry, Tsai thanked the African ally for its long-term support of Taiwan's meaningful participation in international organizations, and expressed hope that the two nations will continue to cooperate in the international arena based on the principles of mutual assistance and reciprocity.
Tsai noted that Vice Foreign Minister Wu Chih-chung visited Burkina Faso in September, during which he discussed a total of 26 bilateral cooperation plans with officials of the African nation, including programs for vocational training, medical services and development of solar power.
The president said that Taiwan and Burkina Faso have conducted a series of cooperation programs in different areas over the last 22 years, and have obtained fruitful results.
Tsai urged Barry, who was in Taiwan to attend the National Day celebrations on behalf of President Roch Marc Christian Kabore, to extend her best regards to Kabore.
In another meeting with the Marshall Islands' National Parliament Speaker Kenneth A. Kedi, Tsai described the Pacific nation as one of Taiwan's important allies and mentioned in particular that President Hilda C. Heine had spoken out for Taiwan in this year's session of the United Nations General Assembly, calling on U.N. member nations to support Taiwan's participation in U.N. specialized agencies and organizations such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the International Civil Aviation Organization.
Tsai also expressed hope that she will have the opportunity to witness the beautiful landscape of the Marshall Islands in the future. (Courtesy of CNA)