BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
SOLOMON Islands and Taiwan’s Embassy in Honiara celebrated the 106th Republic of China (Taiwan) National Day at the Mendana Hotel on Tuesday.
The Double Tenth National Day marked Taiwan’s 106 years of freedom, democracy, prosperity and justice; currently led by President Tsai Ing-wen since taking office on May 20 last year.
Taiwan also acknowledged and commended its 32-year friendship with Solomon Islands as their ally country.
ROC (Taiwan) Ambassador to Solomon Islands HE Roger Luo in his keynote remarks said despite the various challenges confronting Taiwan; the government will continue to promote policies that benefit the country and its people.
Luo also adds Taiwan under the leadership of President Tsai Ing-wen works further to create a new era of freedom, democracy, prosperity, justice, and cooperate with countries around the world to make Taiwan an indispensable partner in the international community.
“Therefore, the ROC (Taiwan) should be allowed to participate in relevant international meetings and mechanisms, such as the United Nations and other UN specialized agencies,” HE Luo said.
Ambassador Luo said Taiwan treasures their 32 years of cordial friendship, development partnership and political alliance with the Solomon Islands.
Based on our strong diplomatic ties, Mr Luo adds Taiwan will continue to extend development assistance to Solomon Islands, and quite confident cordial relations will grow from strength to strength in the years to come.
“As we commemorate this occasion, the government and people of Solomon Islands reverently recognize the history to success that the Republic of China (Taiwan) has undergone during these past 106 years.”
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in his speech commended Taiwan’s great achievements and praised ROC’s diplomatic relationship and friendship with Solomon Islands, which was established in 1985.
“As we commemorate this occasion, government and people of Solomon Islands reverently recognise the history to success that the ROC (Taiwan) has undergo during these past 106 years,” PM Sogavare said.
“Your greatest achievement of driving a developing country to a post-modern developed country today, speaks a high degree in the wisdom of your great forefathers and leaders, and the sacrifices that your people have invested for their country.
“We commend your country’s success, and we stand with you today to honour all your country men and women who lived their life of strive to sacrifice their endeavor for your great nation and its future generation.”