Taiwan to strengthen cooperation with Swaziland: Tsai

President Tsai Ing-wen says she hopes that Taiwan and Swaziland will continue strengthening their cooperation. She was speaking Monday while meeting with visiting Swaziland Prime Minister Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini.

Swaziland will play host to the African Union (AU) summit in 2020. [I] believe that Taiwan and Swaziland, in the spirit of pragmatic diplomacy, will be able to continue their cooperation in the future, and play an active role in each other's efforts to participate in the global community. Pragmatic diplomacy focuses on sharing and cooperation. We hope that after extensive talks, [we] can move toward a goal of mutual assistance and creating mutual benefits in the areas of trade, culture, education, medical care, and agriculture," said Tsai.

Tsai said that Swaziland is Taiwan's staunchest ally in Africa. She said next year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between the two sides.

President Tsai said Swaziland has also won recognition from its African neighbors, as evident in the successful 36th Southern African Development Community summit which was hosted there last August.

Source: Radio Taiwan International