President Tsai Ing-wen met the speaker of the parliament of Tuvalu, Otinielu Tausi, on Friday. Tsai said she hopes the Pacific ally nation will continue to support Taiwan's participation in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Tsai said Taiwan and Tuvalu have held close diplomatic relations for more than 38 years. Tsai said the island country has always offered support to Taiwan in the international arena. Tsai thanked Tuvalu for speaking out when Taiwan was barred from attending the World Health Assembly in May.
Tsai said she hopes Tuvalu will continue to support Taiwan's participation in the UN climate change convention.
Tsai said, Taiwan and Tuvalu are maritime nations. We are equally faced with the challenges of global warming. We look forward to Tuvalu's continued support for Taiwan's participation in the UNFCCC. We hope that both countries can work together to contribute to global sustainable development.
Tuvalu is a nation that is particularly susceptible to the effects of climate change. The average height of the islands is less than two meters above sea level, making any rise in sea levels potentially catastrophic.
Source: Radio Taiwan International