BY BEN BILUA
MEMBERS of Parliament turned up in number in parliament yesterday to welcome Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen.
Differences between the Government and Opposition were tucked under the carpet for President Tsai’s special visit to parliament.
Officials from diplomatic communities, government officials and listeners also turned up to listen to President Tsai’s speech.
The attendance at the parliament demonstrates Taiwan’s famous slogan “Friends to all, enemy to none”.
In her speech, President Tsai said Solomon Islands and Taiwan have shared 34 years of friendship with long lasting benefits ranging from education, health, agriculture developments and other bilateral assistance.
She told Parliament that Taiwan is willing and ready to work alongside its Pacific allies including Solomon Islands to build a better world and better future.
President Tsai adds that Taiwan will extend its continued support towards youth development in Solomon Islands and its allies in the Pacific.
She explained that the extended programme aims at assisting youths realise their potential to higher education.
“We look forward for the day when these inspirational youths contributes professional expertise towards sustainable development,” President Tsai said.
She acknowledges Solomon Islands Government and people for continued support towards Taiwan in the international arena.
The President also thanked the Parliament for inviting her to speak to the MPs on behalf of the government and people of Taiwan.
Speaker of Parliament Mr Ajilon Jasper Nasiu said the Solomon Islands National Parliament is honoured to welcome the Taiwanese President to the Parliament Chamber.
He said Solomon Islands has been receiving great benefits from Taiwan through its assistance and cooperation over the past 34 years.
Nasiu acknowledges President Tsai for taking time to visit and address Parliament.