Taiwan to step up nurturing of eSwatini youth: president

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President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文, right) and King Mswati III (left)

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文, right) and King Mswati III (left)

Taipei, June 8 (CNA) Taiwan is committed to deepening cooperation with eSwatini in education as the best way to nurture youth, enhance mutual understanding and establish a solid foundation for the further development of bilateral ties, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Friday.

Tsai made the remarks at a state banquet held in honor of King Mswati III of eSwatini, who is on a state visit to Taiwan to celebrate the 50th anniversary of bilateral relations between the two countries.

The president also offered congratulations to Prince Buhlebenkhosi Dlamini, who attended the banquet, for completing an undergraduate degree at Shih Chien University in Taipei. She also welcomed his plans to undertake a postgraduate course in Taiwan.

Dlamini will deliver the valedictorian speech on behalf of his class at the graduation ceremony scheduled for Saturday.

The university will also honor King Mswati III with an honorary doctorate.

Tsai said she hopes more eSwatini youth will follow the example of Prince Buhlebenkhosi and choose to study in Taiwan which is currently home to 250 students from the African nation pursuing undergraduate, Master's and Ph.D. degrees.

"As they study here they learn and grow together with the youth of Taiwan and after returning home, they will contribute to their nation," said Tsai.

Tsai recalled the 10 eSwatini intern physicians educated in Taiwan she met during her trip to the nation in April. "I hope more young people will learn from them," she said.

King Mswati III said he very much hopes Taiwan will be able to "fully participate" in international agencies in the future to share its knowledge and experiences in the development of agriculture, medicine, education and technology and thereby further contribute to the international community. He promised that eSwatini will continue to voice its support for Taiwan.

(By Shih Hsiu-chuan)

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