Taiwan to continue bid for participation in world bodies: president

Taipei, Taiwan will continue to push its bid for participation in international organizations, with the aim of contributing to societies around the world, President Tsai Ing-wen (???) affirmed Monday.

Speaking at a meeting with visiting U.S. Congressman Ruben Gallego, who is also a member of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, at the Presidential Office, Tsai thanked Gallego for his long-term support for Taiwan.

Tsai said the recent passage of the Taiwan Travel Act, which promotes meetings and exchange visits between high-ranking U.S. and Taiwanese government officials, is testament to the continuing improvement in relations between Taiwan and the United States.

She also thanked the U.S. government for its commitment to the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) and the Six Assurances, which are the cornerstones of U.S.-Taiwan relations.

Besides the approval of a US$1.42 billion arms sales package to Taiwan in June last year, the president said the approval for granting marketing licenses for American firms to sell Taiwan technologies it needs to build its own submarines will not only help Taiwan defend itself but will also help maintain peace and prosperity across the Taiwan Strait.

With regard to international organizations, Tsai again thanked Gallego for voicing his support at the U.S. Congress for Taiwan to join the World Health Organization, the International Civil Aviation Organization and the International Police Organization.

In a separate meeting with visiting Haitian Foreign Minister Antonio Rodrigue, the president thanked Rodrigue for the Caribbean country's staunch support for Taiwan.

The two countries have maintained friendly relations for the past 60 years during which time they have collaborated on programs in the areas of infrastructure, agriculture, public health and vocational training, Tsai said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel