Foreign minister wraps up visit to Caribbean allies

Taipei, Feb. 7 (CNA) Foreign Minister David Lin has wrapped up a visit to Republic of China diplomatic allies in the Caribbean to discuss bilateral ties and review bilateral cooperative projects, a foreign affairs official said Thursday.
On Jan. 29, Lin embarked on a visit to Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Haiti, said Jaime Wu, director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs. It was Lin's first visit to the region since taking over as foreign minister last September, Wu added. During his trip, Lin met with presidents, prime ministers, governors-general and foreign ministers in the countries to discuss bilateral ties, exchange views on issues of mutual concern and review the results of ongoing cooperative projects, Wu told a news briefing.
Asked whether any new cooperative programs were established during this visit, Wu said that "no concrete programs" were set up, although some of the countries proposed launching new projects in areas such as agriculture and information and communication technology.
As an example, Wu cited Saint Kitts and Nevis, which expressed its intention to cooperate with Taiwan in the field of solar power plants.
He also said the ministry will help Taiwanese companies that are interested in increasing their presence there.
(By Elaine Hou)