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St. Kitts and Nevis delegation arrives in Taiwan on official business mission


by Eulana Weekes

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Hon. Dr Terrance Drew and other officials from the Federation arrived in Taiwan on Monday morning, November 7, 2022, where they will be engaged in diplomatic discussions relating to the further development of St. Kitts and Nevis.

In his arrival message, Prime Minister Dr Drew said not only is Taiwan an asset to St. Kitts and Nevis but can also valuably address and provide solutions to some of the world’s most significant challenges.

“The Republic of China Taiwan and St.Kitts and Nevis established diplomatic relations since we attained Independence from Great Britain in September 1983. We stand today on the solid platform of diplomatic engagement, which has resulted in practical and tangible solutions for many of the challenges we face as one of the smallest nations in the world. We are proud of our record of strident and continuous support for Taiwan, particularly in our advocacy for its increased inclusion in international forums. We are convinced that Taiwan can make a contribution to solving some of the world’s most challenging problems, [whether] they be related to healthcare, economics, agriculture, industry, culture, climate change [and] development in general.”

The St. Kitts and Nevis delegation to Taiwan includes former Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Rt. Hon. Dr Denzil Douglas, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly and Premier of Nevis Hon Mark Brantley, Deputy Premier Hon Alexis Jeffers, Senators Hon. Joyelle Clarke and Hon. Isalean Phillip, Member of Parliament in the Nevis Island Assembly, Hon. Cleone Stapleton-Simmonds, and officials from the Office of the Prime Minister, Mr Samuel Berridge and Ms Hazel Jeffers.

Prime Minister Dr Drew expressed his appreciation to the Government and people of the Republic of China (Taiwan) for their warm hospitality.

“I take this opportunity to convey warm greetings from the Government and people of St.Kitts and Nevis, your friends and partners in international development. We are truly honoured to be here to strengthen the bonds of friendship between our two countries. I would also like to thank the people of the Republic of China Taiwan for their warm hospitality and the excellent arrangements put in place to ensure that we have a successful mission.”

While on the mission, Dr Drew will be given military honours on the square in front of the Presidential Office, which is the standard protocol for every head of government on an inaugural visit to Taiwan. He will then meet with Her Excellency Dr Tsai Ing-wen, President of the Republic of China (Taiwan), followed by a state banquet. In addition, the SKN officials will be engaged in meetings with Taiwan’s Minister of Mainland Affairs and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who will host them for dinner.

Also listed on the agenda is the delegation’s meeting with the Environmental Protection Administration, National Health Insurance Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare, and a meeting with the students from St. Kitts and Nevis at the Embassy of St. Kitts and Nevis in Taipei. The Prime Minister and his delegation will conclude their mission on Thursday, November 10, with a visit to Taipei Veterans General Hospital and the International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF).


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