Taiwan Deputy Foreign Minister Szu-chien Hsu (4th from left) led a delegation to Palau and called on President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. (Contributed Photo)
A Taiwan delegation headed by Foreign Minister Szu-chien Hsu was in Palau for a four-day visit on January 2-5 to further bilateral cooperation between the two countries especially in the areas of agriculture, aquaculture, investment, and tourism.
The delegation visited several sites including the Our Ocean Conference 2020 compound and discussed various issues related to the event with Palauan officials.
The group also paid courtesy visits to Palau President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. and Vice President Raynold Oilouch.
Deputy Minister Hsu told President Remengesau that China Airlines will increase flights from Taiwan to Palau to three times a week starting February 18.
The delegation then had a dinner with President Remengesau, Minister of State Faustina Rehuher-Marugg, Minister of MPIIC Charles Obichang, and their colleagues and discussed relevant bilateral cooperation projects between the two countries.
In addition to official meetings, the delegation also took the time to inspect Taiwan technical experts’ work in Palau.
The delegation toured the sites of Taiwan Technical Mission (TTM), Aquaculture Project (AP), Animal Production Project (APP), and Belau National Hospital in Balbeldaob and Koror.
Deputy Foreign Minister Hsu appreciated the work of Taiwan experts and encouraged them to find more innovative ways or to expand their efforts to support local community.
Palau and Taiwan have been diplomatic allies since 1999. For the past 20 years, both countries helped each other: Palau supports Taiwan in the international area and Taiwan supports Palau’s national development. This year marks the 20th anniversary of this long-lasting friendship. To promote people-to-people exchange, the two countries just implemented a visa waiver agreement in December 2018, which has provided further convenience for their citizens visiting the other’s country. (PR)