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PM GONSALVES ARRIVES IN TAIWAN

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Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves and his accompanying seven (7) member delegation, landed safely at Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport at 5:40am local time Sunday August 7th (5:40pm Eastern Caribbean time Saturday August 6th).

The Prime Minister’s trip was made in spite of the still looming threat of Chinese aggression towards Taiwan.

Following last week’s visit to Taipei, by the United States Speaker of the house, Nancy Pelosi, China had warned of severe consequences if the US Speaker had gone ahead with her planned visit and followed up with the launch of a military campaign targeting the Taiwan straits with aerial bombardment, including the usage of long range missiles and cyber attacks on Taipei.

Commercial air traffic around Taiwan has been disrupted as a result, with several flight delays and cancellations.

The Vincentian Prime Minister, however, flew into Taipei as scheduled from New York’s JFK airport.

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On Wednesday August 3rd 2022, Gonsalves had made an official statement in solidarity with the people of Taiwan and against the recent Chinese aggression. Following his statement, the Prime Minister received calls of appreciation from Taipei and from the United States ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.

On Saturday August 6th, the API spoke with Taiwanese Ambassador to SVG His Excellency Peter Sha-Li Lan, who also traveled to Taiwan with the Prime Minister’s delegation.

Ambassador Lan also expressed his nation’s gratitude to the Government and people of St Vincent and the Grenadines for their unwavering support for his country as its sovereignty came under attack.

The Prime Minister’s State visit to Taipei, will last six (6) days and the remainder of the delegation Includes the Minister of Housing and Social Development Orando Brewster and his wife Mrs Brewster, Chairman of the MS Mr Lennox Bowman, Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister Angie Williams-Jackson, Information Officer at the Agency for Public Information Shevrell McMillan and Personal security to the Prime Minister Kendal Horne. They are expected to leave Taiwan on Friday August 12th.

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