Somaliland Delegation Arrives in Taiwan for Visit 索馬利蘭外長率團訪台 總統親自接見

On Feb. 8, a delegation led by Somaliland's foreign minister arrived in Taiwan for a visit and met with President Tsai Ing-wen.



Essa Kayd, Foreign Minister, Somaliland:"Our relation [that] characterizes is [the] special and historic relationship between two champions of democracies in Africa and Asia."

Taiwan and Somaliland set up representative offices in each other's territory in 2020. On Feb. 8, a delegation led by Somaliland Foreign Minister Essa Kayd that also included the ministers of finance; planning and national development; and livestock and fisheries arrived in Taiwan for a visit. They met with President Tsai Ing-wen. Essa Kayd said measures preventing the development of the bilateral relationship will not help regional peace and stability.

Essa Kayd, Foreign Minister, Somaliland:"Somaliland's right to engage in peaceful and friendly foreign relations with all other nations is enshrined in international law, and all coercive or threatening measures to deny such collaboration between its national partners not only represent affronts to the principle..."

The foreign minister said Somaliland has foreign investment potential in the areas of oil, natural gas, and coal, and he welcomed Taiwan's large companies to invest and conduct trade. He also thanked Taiwan for donating 150,000 Medigen vaccine doses. Tsai said she hopes the virtuous cycle of mutual assistance will continue.

Tsai Ing-wen, President:"Last year, when Taiwan's epidemic situation was grim, other countries supported us through vaccine donations. We hope the virtuous cycle of mutual assistance can continue."

Tsai described Somaliland as an important base in East Africa for Taiwan's African expansion plan, and she welcomes Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi to visit and strengthen bilateral relations. Taiwan and Somaliland don't have formal diplomatic relations, but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs still decided to raise the Somaliland flag at its office to give it "official" ally status.

 

 

索馬利蘭外交部長 瑞格薩表示:「我們兩國的關係,在非洲與亞洲國家的民主國家中,具有特殊的歷史象徵意義。」

大讚雙邊關係具有歷史意義,我國與非洲國家索馬利蘭2020年互設代表處,索馬利蘭外長瑞格薩8號率領財政,畜牧,國家發展共四位部長來訪,總統蔡英文接見,瑞格薩強調試圖阻止台索關係發展的措施,是無助區域和平與穩定的。


索馬利蘭外交部長 瑞格薩表示:「索馬利蘭是主權國家,依照國際法有權,跟其他國家建立友好的關係,任何試圖阻止我們夥伴關係,威脅的措施,都冒犯了國際秩序原則跟常規。」

瑞格薩表示索馬利蘭在石油、天然氣、煤炭上有很多外國投資的潛力,歡迎台灣大型企業到索馬利蘭進行貿易跟投資互動。也感謝台灣先前援助15萬劑國產高端疫苗,這是台灣援外的首例,總統蔡英文也回應希望相互協助的精神和善的循環能夠持續下去。

總統 蔡英文表示:「去年台灣疫情嚴峻的時候,在疫苗取得上,我們也獲得其他國家的支持,我們希望,相互協助的精神善的循環,能夠繼續持續下去。」

蔡英文強調索馬利蘭是台灣在東非地區拓展非洲計畫的重要據點,未來歡迎索瑪利蘭總統比西訪問台灣,讓兩國關係持續深化。而台索兩國雖然沒有正式建交,但外交部已在大門前升起索國國旗,形同索國是「準友邦」地位。
 

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