Foreign Minister Lin arrives in St. Lucia for two-day visit
CNATAIPEI, Taiwan -- Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lin arrived in St. Lucia on Wednesday for a two-day visit, according to a statement released by Taiwan's embassy in the Caribbean country.
February 2, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
He was greeted at the airport by his St. Lucia counterpart, Alva Baptiste.
At a dinner with Baptiste and other St. Lucia officials later in the day, Lin said the Republic of China has pledged to become a creator of peace and that President Ma Ying-jeou has been working to ease tensions over the Diaoyutai Islands dispute by putting forth an “East China Sea Peace Initiative.”
Great improvement has also been made in the relations between Taiwan and mainland China, which have signed 18 agreements since 2008, Lin said.
Meanwhile, he thanked St. Lucia, one of Taiwan's 23 diplomatic allies, for its support of his country's efforts to participate in the International Civil Aviation Organization and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
On his part, Baptiste expressed approval of Ma's peace initiative,” saying peace and stability are consistent with the interests of all countries.
Lin was scheduled to meet Thursday with St. Lucia Governor-General Pearlette Louisy, Prime Minister Kenny Anthony, Senate President Claudius Francis and House of Assembly Speaker Peter Foster.