Republic of China – Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and Palau President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. marched on the red carpet during the latter’s official state visit in Taiwan. Photo by Presidential Office of Republic of China (Taiwan)

Palau has reaffirmed its diplomatic relationship with the Republic of China – Taiwan (ROC-Taiwan) and reiterated that it will continue to urge for latter’s inclusion in the United Nations (UN).

President Tommy Remengesau, Jr., in his speech during the official state banquet hosted by ROC-Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen at Taiwan’s Presidential Palace yesterday evening, November 12, said that Palau will continue to seek ways for Taiwan’s inclusion in the UN, including the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), saying that he firmly believes that Taiwan will greatly contribute towards attainment of UN’s visions and its sustainable development agenda.

“We will continue our cooperation with the Republic of China-Taiwan on bilateral, regional and international affairs. In this day in age, no man is an island and certainly, no country is and an island is an island,” Remengesau said.

Palau and Taiwan will celebrate its 20 years of diplomatic relationship next year.

The UN currently recognizes 195 sovereign states in which Taiwan is not a part of. Two of these are considered as Observer States.

China, which is among the very few countries that hold a veto power in the UN, considers Taiwan as a breakaway province awaiting reunification with it. Taiwan, however, considers itself as an independent country.

Remengesau also enumerated all of Taiwan’s contributions in helping further Palau’s agenda for development in the fields of agriculture, education, health, and economy, among others.

Remengesau has also expressed Palau’s interest in working with Taiwan for its hosting of the Our Ocean Conference in 2020 which is seen to bring in a great number of participants from all over the world.

Meanwhile, President Tsai Ing-wen also said in her speech that she is pleased to meet Palau’s president, adding that she hopes that this state visit will pave way for new ideas on bilateral cooperation and greater outcomes.

President Remengesau, together with First Lady Debbie Remengesau and the rest of the Palauan delegation, arrived in Taiwan on November 10 for his official state visit.

Palau’s President had also visited the Industrial Technology Research Institute Southern Region Campus in Tainan to learn about Taiwan’s initiatives in reducing carbon footprint, particularly on solar energy integration using microgrid and energy storage systems.

The delegation also toured the Mariculture Research Center, Fisheries Research Institute, Council of Agriculture. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)