TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Taiwan’s Presidential Office released a statement Wednesday morning congratulating South Korean president-elect Moon Jae-in for his victory in the presidential election on Tuesday.
Moon Jae-in, a 64-year-old former human rights lawyer, served as a South Korean opposition leader since 2015 who favors talks with North Korea and less dependence on the United States.
He won the presidency by a landslide on Tuesday’s election, which came about hastily after former President Park Geun-hye was impeached in a corruption scandal.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen extended her congratulations Wednesday to the new South Korean President on his win.
“President Tsai Ing-wen on behalf of the ROC government and its people, congratulates President-elect Moon Jae-in and the people of South Korea on their successful presidential election,” the statement said.
Taiwan and South Korea are two democratic nations that share the same values in terms of democracy and freedom. The two have long enjoyed close economic ties and cultural exchanges, while people-to-people exchanges have seen continuous increase over the years, Tsai said in the statement.
Under the new president’s lead, Tsai said she expects the two nations to continue strengthening cooperation and work together for the promotion of peace and security in the Asia Pacific region, the statement said.