TAIPEI, Aug 6 (CNA) Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves arrives in Taiwan for a six-day visit on Sunday morning amid heightened tensions in the Taiwan Strait.
It will be Prime Minister Gonzalves’ 11th visit to Taiwan, but the first since he was re-elected for a fifth consecutive term in November 2020, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said in a statement.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Gonsalves arrived at Taoyuan International Airport on Sunday morning and is expected to stay in Taiwan until August 12.
His arrival will mark the final day of intensive military drills that China is conducting in waters around Taiwan in retaliation for a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi earlier this week.
Before leaving for the United States on the first leg of his overseas trip, Gonzalves called on China to “stop military drills aimed at intimidating or intimidating the people of Taiwan.”
Vincentian media iWitness News reported that he called Beijing’s reaction to Pelosi’s visit “certainly excessive.”
“It does nothing for peace over the Taiwan Strait. It does nothing for the reconciliation of peoples who belong to the same civilization and have different legitimate political expressions. It is of no help in resolving any dispute.”
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while in Taiwan, Gonzalves will be welcomed with a grand military ceremony and a banquet hosted by President Tsai Ing-wen.
He plans to sign an agreement on mutual aid and transfer of prisoners, as well as an agreement with the Ministry of Education, with Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice to strengthen cooperation in higher education, the ministry said. rice field.
Prime Minister Gonzalves will also meet with Prime Minister Su Tsing-chang, Foreign Minister Wu Zhao-shei, Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Qi-yue, and visit the SVG Embassy in Taipei and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ International Cooperation and Development Fund. Said.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the SVG have had diplomatic relations since 1981 and have worked closely together in education, women’s empowerment, infrastructure, public health, information and communications, and agriculture.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is one of 14 states in the world that currently recognizes Taiwan as a country.
https://focustaiwan.tw/politics/202208060017 SVG Prime Minister Ralph Gonzalves visits on Sunday: Ministry of Foreign Affairs