President Tsai Ing-wen has also thanked Tuvalu for its support of Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Assembly.
On Tuesday, President Tsai met the prime minister of Tuvalu, Enele Sopoaga, at the Presidential Office in Taipei. The president thanked Tuvalu, one of Taiwan’s diplomatic allies in the Pacific region, for its support for Taiwan’s international participation. She also said she looked forward to continued cooperation in the Pacific region, including implementing the United Nations’ sustainable development goals.
Tsai said this is the fourth time she has met Prime Minister Sopoaga in the two years since taking office. She said this bears testament to the close friendship between Taiwan and Tuvalu.
The president said she was able to see first-hand the fruits of cooperation between Taiwan and Tuvalu when she visited the Pacific island nation last year. She said Taiwan is increasing the number of scholarships available this year to students from Tuvalu. Taiwan will also once more conduct professional training workshops this year for Tuvalu nationals in the areas of tourism, culinary skills and hydroelectric power.
Tsai thanked Tuvalu for its efforts in attempting to secure an invitation for Taiwan to attend this year’s World Health Assembly. Tuvalu’s health minister had written to the World Health Organization with the aim of seeking observer status for Taiwan at this month’s meeting in Geneva, though the attempt was unsuccessful.