Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sir Louis Hilton Straker and Mrs. Straker met with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen on March 28, during which President Tsai thanked St. Vincent and the Grenadines for speaking up in favor of Taiwan’s international participation.

She also expressed hope that Taiwan and St. Vincent and the Grenadines will have more frequent exchanges on a variety of cooperative issues.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, President Tsai stated that St. Vincent and the Grenadines has long been a staunch diplomatic ally of Taiwan.

This is the eighth time Deputy Prime Minister Straker has led a delegation to Taiwan. In 2016 he made a special trip to attend President Tsai’s inauguration.

The president mentioned that since Minister Straker was last there, Taiwan and St. Vincent and the Grenadines have continued to promote cooperative programs in infrastructure, agriculture, information and communications technology, education, and youth counseling, and also made breakthroughs in medical exchanges.

Last month, Minister Straker and Taiwan’s former Foreign Affairs Minister David T. Lee signed an Agreement on the Capacity Building Project for the Prevention and Control of Diabetes in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and president Tsai believes that SVG’s program to fight diabetes, the first of its kind in Central and South America, will strengthen its diabetes prevention and treatment system, and also foster more interaction and a closer relationship between Taiwan and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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