Foreign Minister Wu in Nauru for regional forum, high-level meetings

Taipei, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (???) arrived in Nauru on Sunday to attend the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) and to hold discussions with the country's leader and representatives of other regional diplomatic allies, his ministry said Monday.

Wu and his delegation will participate in the one-week PIF, an inter-governmental forum aimed at enhancing cooperation among independent countries in the Pacific Ocean, according to a statement issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

During his visit to Nauru, Wu will meet with President Baron Waqa, who is also minister of foreign affairs and trade of the Republic of Nauru, one of Taiwan's 17 diplomatic allies, MOFA said.

On Taiwan's behalf, Wu will extend congratulations to the Republic of Nauru on the 50th anniversary of its independence, the ministry said.

He will also host the annual Taiwan/ROC-Forum dialogue with regional diplomatic allies and friendly nations to discuss bilateral and multilateral cooperation issues, MOFA said.

Founded in 1971, the PIF is a regional political and economic policy organization comprising 18 members, namely Australia, the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

Among the 18, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Republic of Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu are Taiwan's diplomatic allies.

Taiwan was invited to become a post-forum dialogue partner in 1992 and took part in the dialogue for the first time in 1993. Taiwan provides scholarships annually to citizens of the member countries, according to MOFA.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel