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St Lucia PM declares continued support for Taiwan

  • President Tsai and St. Lucian PM Chastanet

    President Tsai and St. Lucian PM Chastanet

    President Tsai Ing-wen (left) and St. Lucian Prime Minister Allen Chastanet (right) pictured Tuesday at a military ceremony held in Chastanet's honor. (Photo by CNA)
The prime minister of St Lucia, Allen Chastanet, has declared his country’s continued support for Taiwan. St Lucia is one of Taiwan’s Caribbean allies, and Chastanet is in Taiwan to attend this week’s National Day celebration.
On Tuesday, a military ceremony was held in Chastanet’s honor. At the event, President Tsai Ing-wen said ties with St Lucia have grown closer during Chastanet’s two years in office. Tsai also thanked St Lucia for its support for Taiwan on the international stage.
Chastanet said Taiwan has helped countries like St Lucia develop in a sustainable manner. He thanked Taiwan for helping his country overcome the challenges it faces as it develops.
Chastanet said St Lucia will be outspoken in its support for Taiwan. He reiterated his country’s friendship and support, recalling similar shows of support for Taiwan at the WHO and UN. 
The prime minister also said Taiwan should have the right to participate in international organizations and at international events. He said the rest of the world loses out when Taiwan is denied this right.