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ROC (Taiwan) Foreign Minister to Visit Solomon Islands this week

Dr. David Lee

TAIWAN’S Minister for Foreign Affairs will make a four-day visit to the Solomon Islands this week, a subsequent move to further consolidate Taiwan’s friendship with Solomon Islands.

The Taiwan Embassy in Solomon Islands is pleased to announce the visit of Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Dr David Lee to Honiara on June 20—23.

His will be accompanied by Madam Lee and five senior officials from Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including Ambassador Wen-Yi Chen, Director General of the Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

Minister Dr Lee’s visit to Honiara is under invitation of his counterpart the Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade Hon Milner Tozaka, as part of Taiwan’s ongoing efforts to further strengthen its cordial ties with Solomon Islands.

Following the visit Dr Lee is expected to meet with Honorable Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga, Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade Hon Milner Tozaka.

Dr Lee and his delegation will also pay a courtesy call to Speaker of National Parliament, Hon Ajilon Nasiu, and is looking forward to exchanging views with Solomon Islands officials on matters of their mutual concerns.

Recently, two SI delegations respectively led by Hon Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga and Hon Peter Shanel visited Taiwan earlier this year which resulted in an MOU signed on Meteorological Cooperation and the Agreement of Air Services between Solomon Island and Taiwan.

Solomon Islands and the Republic of China (Taiwan) established diplomatic relations in 1983, and they have maintained close and cordial ties ever since.

Taiwan has been one of the major donors supporting Solomon Islands in various fields, including medical services, agricultural technology, education, solar energy and rural development.

Solomon Islands, as one of Taiwan’s closest allies in the Pacific, has supported Taiwan’s bid to broaden its participation in the global community, including special agencies in the United Nations such as WHA, ICAO and UNFCCC.

Meanwhile, Dr Lee is a veteran diplomat who’s been serving in Taiwan’s Foreign Service more than 30 years.

He held several key positions during his career both domestically and abroad, including Heads of Taiwan’s Missions in the United States, European Union, Canada and Australia.

Dr Lee earned a Ph. D in Foreign Affairs from University of Virginia, USA, and taught at National Taiwan University one of the most prestigious universities in Taiwan.

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