Taiwan, Marshall Islands sign 2 pacts to enhance cooperation

Taipei, Nov. 20 (CNA) Taiwan and the Marshall Islands signed two new agreements Tuesday in Majuro, capital of the Pacific nation, to further enhance cooperation between the two countries, according to a statement issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

Witnessed by President Hilda Heine, Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (???) and his Marshall Islands counterpart John M. Silk signed a bilateral cooperation agreement on policing, and another pact on strategic cooperation. Under the new accords, Taiwan and the Marshall Islands will continue to expand existing cooperation and exchange on all fronts, according to MOFA.

Wu arrived in the Marshall Islands a day earlier for a three-day visit and to attend activities celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two nations.

In addition to signing the accords, Wu attended a series of events on the same day.

Accompanied by Silk, Wu first observed a joint maritime rescue drill between Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration (CGA) and its Marshall Islands counterpart.

Wu then met with President Heine and her Cabinet at the presidential office during which both sides exchanged views on bilateral cooperation projects.

Addressing the meeting, President Heine reiterated her country's support for the Republic of China (Taiwan) in its push for meaningful participation in international organizations, for which Wu expressed Taiwan's gratitude.

Wu later visited Parliament where he met with Parliamentary Speaker Kenneth Kedi.

Wu also hosted a ceremony to mark the initiation of a new medical care center and inaugurated a tennis court which will be used during the 10th edition of the Micronesian Games to be hosted by the Marshall Islands in 2022, MOFA said.

Wu's three-day-visit is scheduled to conclude on Wednesday.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel