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Taiwanese delegation meets President Jammeh

Jan 20, 2012, 12:09 PM | Article By: Nfamara Jawneh

The special envoy of Taiwanese President, who is in the country with a high-powered delegation to attend the inauguration of President Jammeh, on Wednesday had an audience with the Gambian leader at State House in Banjul.

Foreign Minister H.E. Timothy C.T. Yang and delegation was accompanied to the Office of the President by Ambassador Samuel Chen.

Speaking to the delegation, President Jammeh said the relations between the two countries have surpassed political relations.

He said that over the years several Gambian students have studied in Taiwan and many are still there, who always feel at home while in the Island country.

President Jammeh used the occasion to congratulate his Taiwanese counterpart President-elect Ma Ying-jeou for his recent election as well.

The Gambian leader applauded Taiwan for supporting the country’s human resource development endeavours over the years.

He also hailed the Taiwan president’s Taiwan Strait policy towards Mainland China, which he said, is crucial for the maintenance of peace among the two neighbours.

Tension, he noted, is not in the interest of either side of the Taiwan Strait, while reassuring the visiting delegation of his government’s continuing support and collaboration with the ROC.

He further plea for support in training of Gambians in the fields of civil aviation and agriculture.

For his part, Minister Yang said that over the years The Gambia has witnessed a lot of development under President Jammeh, which had been manifested by the margin of votes he received in the just concluded fourth presidential polls of the second republic.

He stressed that Taiwan was pleased to play their part in the development of The Gambia, while delivering the congratulatory message of President Ma to the Gambian leader as well as his credential as special envoy to the inauguration.

Foreign Minister Yang commended The Gambia for her continual support to the quest for Taiwan to fully and meaningfully participate in matters of international organisations.

H.E. Minister Yang’s delegation included Director-General Amb. Mien-Sheng Hsu of the Department of African Affairs (MOFA), Director-General Mr Stanley Kao of the Department of Economic and Trade Affairs (MOFA), Secretary-General Amb. Wen-Lung Tao of the International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF) and many other officials.