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Republic of China’s President arrives today for courtesy call on ally and friend

BY BEN BILUA

TAIWAN’S President Tsai Ing-wen arrives in the country today, her plane scheduled to touch down at the Honiara international airport at 7.45pm.

She will be greeted by Solomon Islands Chief Protocol Officer Mr Kereta Sanga and Taiwan’s Ambassador to Solomon Islands, His Excellency Roger Luo.

Local organising committee has organised a special ceremony to welcome President Tsai at Honiara International airport tarmac before she meets the waiting government dignitaries which include Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare, Private Secretary, Mr Nigel Maezama, Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Mr Peter Kenilorea Jnr, Police Commissioner, Mr Mathew Varley and Aide De Camp, Mrs Annika Nauasi.

The President will be garlanded by a flower girl and the Police Commissioner will lead the President and Prime Minister up to the Salute Dais where a Guard of Honour (GoH) ceremony will be conducted.

Prime Minister Sogavare will stand to the left of President Tsai with the Police Commissioner standing directly behind Prime Minister Sogavare and ROC Taiwan ADC directly behind President Tsai during the Salute Dais.

President Tsai and her ADC along with the Prime Minister and Police Commissioner will carry out the inspection of the guard after the anthems are played by the Parade Commander.

After the Guard of Honour Ceremony, the President will be led to her vehicle and escorted to the Mendana Hotel.

At 9.15am tomorrow, President Tsai will make a courtesy call to the Governor General, HE Sir Frank Kabui, GCMG, CSI, OBE.

A special traditional welcome will also take place at the Government House where President Tsai will be garlanded with traditional shell money by the Executive Assistant to the Governor General, Mrs Elizabeth Sinewala.

President Tsai will then greeted by the Private Secretary to the Governor General, Mr Maezama, at the entrance of Government House, sign the guest book before meeting the Governor General and Lady Kabui.

Governor General and Lady Kabui will then escort the President and her delegation into the ceremonial room for a photo session before the courtesy call begins.

At the end of their meeting, Sir Frank and President Tsai will exchange gifts in front of both local and international media.

President Tsai and her delegation will depart the Government House and head to the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

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