Messages of congratulations from Taiwan’s allies and like-minded partners around the world following the May 20 inauguration of President Tsai Ing-wen and Vice President La Ching-te are sincerely appreciated by the government and people, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
According to the MOFA, as of May 20, a total of 263 dignitaries from 47 countries, territories and organizations, including the heads of state of Taiwan’s 15 allies, have offered their congratulations via letters, official statements, social media posts and video recordings.
Among those who sent messages was U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who said Tsai’s “courage and vision in leading Taiwan’s vibrant democracy is an inspiration to the region and the world.” He was joined by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Acting Senate President Chuck Grassley and former VP Joe Biden in offering well-wishes.
Lawmakers, officials and political figures from other like-minded countries were also among those to send messages of congratulations, including those from Australia, Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden and the U.K., as well as senior officials and parliamentarians from the European Parliament and Central American Integration System.
The MOFA said such supportive gestures underscore the firm friendships these nations and organizations share with Taiwan. Moving forward, the government will continue to grow the country’s global stature by strengthening existing partnerships while also seeking new opportunities for collaboration, the ministry added. (SFC-E)