Tuvaluan prime minister pledges Taiwan support

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

Fri, Mar 15, 2013 - Page 3

Tuvaluan Prime Minister Willy Telavi yesterday reiterated his country’s support for Taiwan’s international position at a reception after a plaque-unveiling ceremony at his nation’s embassy in Taipei.

The ceremony at the Taipei World Trade Center International Trade Building was presided over by Telavi and Taiwanese Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lin (林永樂).

Telavi said his country remained committed in its support of Taiwan’s participation in the international community because it believed that “every nation has the right to nationhood.”

Tuvalu, a former UK colony, gained independence in 1978.

“We faced challenges of nationhood in the 1970s, and we won. We support Taiwan’s right to have a seat at, and meaningful participation in the UN,” Telavi said.

He said the opening of the embassy was a strong symbol of the growing relationship between the two countries which established diplomatic ties in 1979.

Lin said Taiwan was grateful for Tuvalu’s consistent support for the nation’s participation in international organizations and pledged to continue to engage in cooperative projects focusing on agriculture, fisheries, renewable energy, medical services, education and cultural exchanges.

Tuvaluan Ambassador Minute Taupo, who arrived in Taipei late last month, was presented to President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday.