President Tsai Ing-wen on Tuesday met the new chair of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). James Moriarty took over the post last month after the retirement of Raymond Burghart, who had held the post from 2006.
The president said she knew Mr Moriarty and his wife from an earlier posting in Taiwan and was pleased to meet him again in his new and more senior capacity. She hailed him as an experienced diplomat with a firm grasp of Taiwan and China affairs.
Tsai said, "In the future, with Mr Moriarty's involvement and influence, Taiwan-US ties will surely become deeper and stronger. To make the current mechanisms for dialogue more substantial and bring about more concrete plans for cooperation is our joint responsibility as we work to maintain peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. We have high expectations for more and even better developments during Mr Moriarty's time as AIT chair."
President Tsai also thanked the US for its longstanding pledges to Taiwan and more recent support of Taiwan's meaningful participation in international organizations.
Moriarty said Americans are increasingly aware of the important role that Taiwan plays in the international arena. He said the US would like to see Taiwan hold greater influence in areas of international cooperation. Moriarty is a career diplomat who has served as the US ambassador to Nepal and Bangladesh as well as holding positions with the AIT and at the US embassy in Beijing.
Source: Radio Taiwan International