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(Taipei, Taiwan) – Local and foreign senior officials joined the opening ceremony of the embassy of the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Taiwan’s Caribbean ally, in Taipei on Monday afternoon. The event highlighted the steady 25-year-old friendship between the two countries.

“The opening of the embassy in Taipei can serve as a bridge to further enhance the friendship between Taiwan and Saint Kitts and Nevis,” said Foreign Minister James Huang during his opening remarks at the embassy.

Huang added that the establishment of the embassy is significant because Saint Kitts and Nevis is the only one of Taiwan’s five Caribbean allies to establish an embassy in Taiwan.

Huang hoped that the opening of the embassy would help consolidate and further strengthen bilateral relations between the two sides, who have shared a steadfast friendship since forging diplomatic links in 1983.

Saint Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Denzil Douglas, who spent over 20 hours on flights to Taipei to preside over the important moment, said that the opening was also noteworthy to his country as it is the first embassy the country has established in Asia, a significant milestone in light of the country’s recent independence.

“Taiwan was the first nation to establish diplomatic ties with my country after we declared independence some 25 years ago, which is why it is an important event to open an official delegation here on the beautiful island,” said Douglas. He added that this was his seventh visit to Taiwan, a lucky number that will surely bring good luck to both nations.

Douglas said that though the embassy is new, various interactions between the countries have flourished over the past two decades, including agricultural and student exchange programs.

He took the opportunity to express his sincere gratitude for Taiwan’s support of Saint Kitts and Nevis, while stressing that his country will continue to back Taiwan’s participation in global organizations such as the United Nations.

Several Saint Kitts and Nevis officials, including Minister of Foreign Affairs Timothy Sylvester Harris and Minister of Agriculture Cedric Roy Liburd, who had signed a technical cooperation accord with Huang prior to the ceremony, also joined the opening ceremony.

Before the opening ceremony, the delegates from the Caribbean nation were received by President Chen Shui-bian who welcomed these friends from afar by giving them a 21-gun military salute in front of the presidential office yesterday morning, showing a warm greeting and respect for the visitors.

Meanwhile, Huang announced yesterday that Former Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Atlanta, Wu Rong-thuan will be appointed as the new Taiwan ambassador stationed in Saint Kitts and Nevis.

He is scheduled to fly there to take over the post from Liu Chen-kun, who had served as ambassador in Basseterre, the capital of the Saint Kitts and Nevis, for six years, Huang said.