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Tuvalu foreign minister visits Taiwan president

Minister Kofe emphasized Pacific island not switching ties to China

Tuvalu Foreign Minister Simon Kofe and President Tsai Ing-wen.

Tuvalu Foreign Minister Simon Kofe and President Tsai Ing-wen. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Tuvalu Foreign Minister Simon Kofe visited President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Wednesday (Nov. 20), receiving congratulations for the Pacific island’s democratic elections and thanks for his public support for ties with Taipei.

Tuvalu elected a new parliament last September, and despite fears that a new government might mean a switch in relations to China, the new government remained faithful to Taiwan, CNA reported.

Earlier this month, Deputy Foreign Minister Hsu Szu-chien (徐斯儉) traveled to Tuvalu and met with its new Prime Minister, Kausea Natano, and with Kofe.

In Taipei on Wednesday, Tsai said the two countries had a lot in common, such as concerns about climate change and the development of fisheries and agriculture, as well as education, healthcare and energy.

The president pointed out that immediately after taking office, Kofe held an interview with the international media in which he underlined the country’s plans to stick with Taiwan, CNA reported.