BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, July 15, 2019 (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) – President of the Republic of China (Taiwan), Her Excellency Dr. Tsai Ing-wen, has hailed the improved relationship between Taiwan and the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, under the leadership of Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris and his Team Unity-led Administration.
“Over the years, our countries have worked together in agriculture, food processing, climate change adaptation, public health and road surveillance. The leadership of Prime Minister Harris has played a key role in the realization of the fruits of our joint efforts,” said H.E. Dr. Tsai who is on her first State Visit to the twin island Federation from July 13-16.
Delivering remarks ahead of a dinner hosted by Prime Minister Harris at Park Hyatt St. Kitts on Sunday, July 14, President Tsai said she was particularly pleased that the geographical distance separating Taiwan and St. Kitts and Nevis has not hampered the development of the friendship between both countries.
“In the last two years, Governor General Sir S.W. Tapley Seaton; Prime Minister Harris; Deputy Prime Minister [Shawn] Richards and Foreign Minister [Mark] Brantley have visited Taiwan making our partnership closer and stronger.”
In leading a toast to continued friendship between the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, President Tsai also reaffirmed the commitment of her government to work hand in hand with the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis towards the overall development of the twin island Federation.
She added, “As a maritime nation itself, Taiwan fully appreciates maritime culture and seeks to work with you to achieve sustainable development goals. I have seen for myself the beauty of Nevis and attended the groundbreaking ceremony for Pinney’s Beach Park. In the future, our two countries will continue to strengthen cooperation on the sustainable development of our tourism industries.”
St. Kitts and Nevis and the Republic of China (Taiwan) formally established diplomatic relations in 1983.