Palauan President Surangel Whipps Jr. has arrived in Taiwan as the head of a delegation for a state visit. The Presidential Office welcomed him with a military ceremony. President Tsai Ing-wen said Taiwan and Palau established diplomatic relations 23 years ago and she hopes this visit will further strengthen bilateral cooperation.
Palauan President Surangel Whipps Jr. received a 21-gun salute during a military ceremony welcoming him and his delegation for a state visit to Taiwan on Oct. 6. President Tsai Ing-wen said Taiwan and Palau established diplomatic relations 23 years ago and she hopes this visit will further strengthen bilateral cooperation.
Tsai Ing-wen, President: “We are so grateful for Palau's friendship with Taiwan. We also hope that this visit will lead to deeper bilateral cooperation in all areas.”
Surangel Whipps Jr., Palauan President: “The world has been challenged with climate change, COVID, and now conflict. The people of Palau deeply value the friendship between our two nations and are committed to supporting Taiwan despite the mounting aggressions in our region.”
Whipps said Palau strongly condemns Russia's invasion of Ukraine and all countries understand the importance of respecting the rule of law. He said countries facing attempts to change the status quo through military force need to stand together, promote international cooperation, and ease military tensions. Tsai also received Yushan Forum attendees on Oct. 6.
Winston Peters, Former New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister: “Madam President, your guests here today have a genuine respect for the Taiwanese people and their remarkable achievements. We wish to enhance our economic engagement with your country to the mutual benefit of our nations and yours. ”
Tsai said Taiwan stands at the forefront of the democratic defensive line, and has the ability and willingness to share its experiences with other countries. She hopes to work with other democratic partners to build a more resilient democratic alliance front.