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Premier receives St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves

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Premier Su (right) receives St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves (left) with hopes to continue deepening bilateral cooperation.

Premier Su Tseng-chang on Thursday received a St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) delegation led by Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves. Taiwan and SVG have maintained diplomatic relations for many years, the premier said, and both countries share a common belief in values such as freedom and democracy. Our two nations have collaborated closely on the development of basic infrastructure, agriculture, culture and education, and the premier hopes to continue working with SVG and Prime Minister Gonsalves to strengthen cooperative relations and enhance mutual benefits.

After establishing diplomatic relations with Taiwan, SVG has not only made great strides in development but has also, under the prime minister's outstanding leadership, forged closer and more profound ties between our two countries, the premier said. When SVG suffered disastrous impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic and volcanic eruptions, the government and people of Taiwan demonstrated tremendous care and empathy through various channels. The premier also expressed his gratitude and recognition for the many times Prime Minister Gonsalves has spoken out at the United Nations and other international organizations in support of Taiwan and its participation in international affairs.

Prime Minister Gonsalves said in his remarks that Taiwan and SVG enjoy very close relations. He thanked the government and people of Taiwan for their contributions, and expressed hope that both sides can focus on lifting cooperation in different areas, including post-secondary and tertiary education, and boosting public-private sector collaboration.

Prime Minister Gonsalves also said that SVG and other diplomatic allies of Taiwan have drafted a statement condemning the "unreasonable, disproportionate and wholly wrong conduct of the [People's Republic of China]." China, he said, is "wrong in international law, wrong in international morality," and its threats against Taiwan are "completely unacceptable." When faced with difficulties, the parties involved must settle them in a peaceful and civilized manner of conversation without threatening war. This is another message he wished to convey during his visit to Taiwan.

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