Taiwan President Completes Official Visit To St. Kitts

Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas has deemed the official two-day visit to St. Kitts by Taiwan President H.E. President Ma Ying-jeo as successful.


President Ma arrived in St. Kitts on Sunday (Aug 18) along with a delegation of ministerial and legislative representatives of the Republic of China (Taiwan). He was treated to a red-carpet welcome with full military honors.


PM Douglas said it was the nation’s “good fortune” to have President Ma visit the Federation. He emphasized that despite the great distance between the two countries St. Kitts-Nevis and the Republic of China (Taiwan) have had many areas of collaboration in years gone by.


“Distance, great though it may be, has been rendered irrelevant in the face of the bonds of friendship, cooperation, collaboration and mutual respect that connect our nations and have gotten stronger with each passing year.”


President Ma said over the past years the two countries have assisted each other in the international community and national development and the efforts have borne fruit.


During his brief visit President Ma jogged with local athletes at the Silver Jubilee Stadium, visited the Taiwanese Agro-Tourism Farm in Sir Gilles, and visited the construction of the solar plant at the RLB Airport.


H.E. Ma also sat down with PM Douglas to review the cooperative projects. He said he hoped to gain a “deeper understanding of your country’s tourism, green energy, agriculture, culture and other aspects so as to deepen and expand our bilateral cooperation and exchanges”.


On behalf of their governments ROC Foreign Minister David Lin and local Foreign Affairs Minister Patrice Nisbett signed an extradition treaty signaling the allies’ joint efforts to combat crime; Taiwan’s first agreement with the Federation since the two countries established diplomatic ties 30 years ago.