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Chen says Taiwan will recruit laborers from ally Nauru

PRESIDENTIAL DUTIES After meeting with the Nauruan president, Chen received a Dominican Republic delegation led by Julio Cesar Valentin

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Taipei will sign a memorandum of understanding with the Republic of Nauru to recruit laborers from its South Pacific ally during President Ludwig Scotty's five-day visit in Taiwan, President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) said yesterday.

Chen made the remarks while receiving Scotty at the Presidential Office.

"Nauru is also planning to establish an embassy in Taiwan. This move is very welcome, and I am very happy about it," Chen said.

Scotty, who is also his country's minister of labor, arrived in Taipei on Saturday. He is accompanied by his wife.

Council of Labor Affairs Chairman Lee Ying-yuan (李應元) said that the memorandum of understanding would be signed on Thursday.

Nauru switched recognition from Taiwan to China when Chen assumed the chairmanship of the Democratic Progressive Party in July 2002, but restored ties with Taipei in May 2005 after Scotty was elected president.

Chen thanked Scotty for his country's staunch support for Taiwan's WHO bid and said the two nations would continue to work together.

In a related development, Chen received a delegation led by the leader of the Dominican Republic's Congress, Julio Cesar Valentin, later yesterday.

Chen said that he admired Valentin very much because Valentin turned down an invitation to visit China and came to Taiwan instead. The Dominican Congress passed a resolution in 2004 in support of Taiwan's first-ever referendum.

"Taiwan and the Dominican Republic have remained friends for more than 60 years. The Taiwanese people and I cherish this friendship," Chen said.

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