The Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis warmly welcomed the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) His Excellency Dr. David Tawei Lee on an official visit from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th February, 2018. Upon arrival at the Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw International Airport, Dr. Lee was welcomed by an official Guard of Honour, St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Foreign Affairs and Aviation, the Honourable Mark Brantley, and Resident Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) His Excellency George Gow-Wei Chiou.
In welcoming His Excellency, Minister Brantley noted that Taiwan has been, and continues to be, the oldest friend of St. Kitts and Nevis, since its Independence of 1983. The Foreign Affairs Minister also emphasized “…it has been 35 years of a strong partnership and friendship; and the people of St. Kitts and Nevis have benefitted, as many have journeyed to Taipei for educational and other training. Taiwan’s DNA is all over the human and physical infrastructure of St. Kitts and Nevis; and we have done an incredible job in this partnership.”
Minister Brantley used the opportunity to reaffirm the Federation’s commitment to supporting Taiwan in various international fora, noting the commitment as “one that my Government has made, and one that continues to survive today. Taiwan continues to have not only a friend in us, but a very good friend, and we look forward to continued excellent relations, and to seeing how we can grow this relationship after 35 years to make it even stronger.”
While in the Federation Minister Lee and his delegation also paid courtesy calls on the Governor General, Sir S.W. Tapley Seaton, GCMG, CVO, QC, JP; Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris; Deputy Prime Minister, the Honourable Shawn K. Richards, and Minister of Foreign Affairs & Aviation and Premier of Nevis the Honourable Mark A. Brantley.
The delegation also visited the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, as well as special projects conducted by the Government of the ROC Taiwan such as the Saint Kitts Eco Park Maintenance Project, the Hospital Information System Project, and the Capacity Building Project for the Prevention and Control of Chronic Kidney Disease at Joseph N. France (JNF) General Hospital.
This is the Taiwan Foreign Affairs Minister’s first visit to the Federation as well as the first high level official visit from Taiwan since the inauguration of a new government in May, 2016. The delegation also included Mrs. Lin Chih Lee, spouse of Foreign Affairs Minister Lee; Mr. Lin Chou, Director General Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs in Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Shyi-Ren Sun, Minister on Home Assignment; Chi-Chung Hsu, Section Chief, Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs, MOFA, and Fu- Ming Tang, First Secretary on Home Assignment in the Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs, Taiwan’s MOFA.