New Taiwan deal ‘important for Palau’s future’: Palau vice president

TAIPEI, Aug. 31 (CNA) Vice President J. Uduk Sengebau Sr. visited Palau during a virtual meeting with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan to discuss three newly signed cooperation agreements between Taiwan and Palau. emphasized its importance. Taipei Wednesday.

Arriving in Taiwan on Saturday for a five-day visit, Senior said that as the Pacific island nation strives to protect its people and natural resources from illicit aggression, the three bilateral agreements are “the future of Palau.” It’s very important for us,” he said.

On Tuesday, the senior delegation signed three memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice and the National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Mitigation. As bilateral cooperation on disaster management.

Senior, who also serves as Palau’s Minister of Justice, also expressed hope that the exchange of forensic knowledge and expertise between Taiwan and Palau would “build domestic capacity” for criminal investigations.

A meeting between Senior and Tsai took place in de facto after Palau’s vice president went into quarantine on Sunday.

Senior had been asked to isolate after “some members” of the visiting vice president’s delegation tested positive for COVID-19, according to Taiwan’s foreign ministry.

The delegation ended its trip to Taiwan on Wednesday morning after meeting with President Tsai, according to the foreign ministry.

Senior told Tsai that Palau and Taiwan have enjoyed close ties since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1999, adding that the two countries have cooperated on education, agriculture, public health, fisheries, security and judicial issues. rice field.

Senior added that he looked forward to establishing “more bilateral mechanisms” in the near future to strengthen efforts in the areas of “justice, maritime surveillance, disaster management and information technology.”

President Tsai similarly expressed hope that the two countries will continue to expand mutually beneficial exchanges in various fields.

President Tsai also thanked Palau, which has long supported Taiwan’s international participation, and is one of the 14 prefectures that maintain diplomatic relations with Taipei.

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