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St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister visits Taiwan

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Taipei Aug. 18 (CNA) St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Timothy Harris arrived in Taiwan Tuesday for a five-day visit to promote bilateral ties between the two countries, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

Harris, who is heading a delegation of government officials, will meet with President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), Foreign Minister David Lin (林永樂) and other senior officials, MOFA said.

He will also visit economic and cultural facilities such as Taipei 101, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, and the National Museum of Marine Science and Technology in Keelung before concluding his visit on Aug. 22, the ministry said.

MOFA said that Taiwan and St. Kitts and Nevis established diplomatic ties in 1983, and have been conducting a series of cooperation initiatives in the agricultural, cultural, educational and public health sectors.

The cooperation projects have been producing substantial results, and gained much praise from local residents, the ministry said.

St. Kitts and Nevis has been a strong advocate for Taiwan in the international arena, backing Taiwan’s bid to participate in the International Civil Aviation Organization and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

St. Kitts and Nevis is one of Taiwan’s 22 diplomatic allies, half of which are in the Caribbean and Central America.

(By Wang Cheng-chung and Maria Tsai)

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