President meets delegation from Caribbean ally

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President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Saint Lucian Prime Minister Allen Chastanet

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Saint Lucian Prime Minister Allen Chastanet

Taipei, Nov. 10 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) hopes to expand areas of cooperation with Saint Lucia and to provide mutual international support, she told a visiting delegation from the Caribbean nation Friday in Taipei.

The delegation, headed by Saint Lucian Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, was received with a military ceremony in front of the Presidential Office, before attending a state banquet in the building.


President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Saint Lucian Prime Minister Allen Chastanet

Tsai said Saint Lucia is an important ally that has close relations with Taiwan and all of its prime ministers have visited the country since the reestablishment of ties in April 2007, which showcases their bilateral friendship.


President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文, right) and Saint Lucian Prime Minister Allen Chastanet (left)

Using this opportunity, Chastanet will gain a more in-depth understanding of Taiwan and also find areas of further cooperation in the future to make the relationship between the two countries even closer, allowing cooperations to grow and thrive, said Tsai.

Even though Taiwan and Saint Lucia are geographically far apart the two can still support each other as they share the universal values of democracy, freedom and human rights, she said.

Chastanet said that despite being far apart the two countries' friendship is strong and has been strengthened over the past few years.


President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Saint Lucian Prime Minister Allen Chastanet raise their glasses.

Very importantly, Saint Lucia established its first embassy in Asia in June 2015 in Taipei, showing increased cooperation between the two countries, said Chastanet.

The two have worked closely in such areas as Taiwanese scholarship programs, land development, agriculture, fisheries and information and communications technologies, he said.

Chastanet also added that he hopes more Saint Lucian products can be imported tax free into Taiwan to allow more people to become familiar with the country and at the same time said he would like to see more Taiwanese businesses investment in his country.


President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文, right) and Saint Lucian Prime Minister Allen Chastanet (left)

(By Fan Cheng-hsiang and William Yen)
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