Marking 23 years of ties

Cutting the 23rd anniversary cake were, from left: Rev. Palukne Johnny, President David Kabua, Jasmine Du and Ambassador Jeffrey Hsiao, Iroojlaplap and Nitijela Member Michael Kabua, Speaker Kenneth Kedi, and Minister Kessai Note. Photo: Wilmer Joel.

The Taiwan Embassy and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade co-hosted a reception at Nitijela Conference Room in celebration of the 23rd anniversary of RMI-Taiwan diplomatic relations. President David Kabua and Iroojlaplap and Nitijela Member Michael Kabua attended the reception with Cabinet members, Speaker Kenneth Kedi, Nitijela Members and government officials. Around 70 guests joined the celebration.

Ambassador Hsiao referred to the establishment of the RMI-Taiwan diplomatic ties in 1998 under the leadership of RMI President Imata Kabua and Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui as inception of the 23-year staunch partnership, as seen in cooperation of agriculture, education, health and numerous other fields.

Taiwan has been assisting RMI in the fight against climate change by deployment of renewable energy, such as the ubiquitous solar street lights in the Marshall Islands. A new $1 million start-up fund for women in business was launched this year.

“Our two countries will continue to turn vision and ideas into realities for years to come,” Ambassador Hsiao said. Representing President Kabua, Foreign Minister Casten Nemra lauded Taiwan’s support in numerous programs that has benefited the RMI for the past 23 years and its generous sharing of the successful Taiwan Model to assist the RMI during the global Covid pandemic. He stressed that “The Marshall Islands will continue to advocate for Taiwan’s meaningful participation in UN and international community.”

The banquet unfolded with congratulatory messages from President Kabua, Minister Nemra and Taiwan Foreign Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu.

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