Tuvalu Prime Minister and Taiwan Minister of Foreign Affairs Attend Opening Ceremony for the Embassy of Tuvalu in the Republic of China (Taiwan)/吐瓦魯國總理與臺灣外交部長出席吐瓦魯駐華大使館開館儀式 / by Minute Taupo

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        An official opening ceremony for the Embassy of Tuvalu in the Republic of China (Taiwan) was held on 14 March 2013 in Taipei’s International Trade Building. The opening consisted of an unveiling ceremony at the site of the newly established Embassy and a reception sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan) for government officials and students from Tuvalu, the heads of Embassies and Missions in Taiwan, and representatives from Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other government offices. During the reception, Tuvalu’s Prime Minister Honorable Willy Telavi and Taiwan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lin delivered speeches emphasizing the strong diplomatic relations existing between Tuvalu and Taiwan, after which Tuvaluan students studying in the R.O.C. performed traditional dances in honor of the new Embassy.

         The Embassy of Tuvalu in the R.O.C. is Tuvalu’s fifth official Embassy. Former Permanent Secretary for Tuvalu’s Ministry of Finance and Economic Development Minute Alapati Taupo has been selected to lead the Embassy as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Taiwan. 

         Prime Minister Willy Telavi’s statement at the opening ceremony of the Embassy of Tuvalu in the R.O.C. is as follows:

     2013年3月14日吐瓦魯國總理泰拉維在臺北世界貿易中心國際貿易大樓主持吐瓦魯駐華大使館正式開館儀式。在開館儀式中,相關代表在新設立之吐國大使館進行揭牌儀式。中華民國外交部並主持招待會,邀請吐國政府代表及學生、駐華使節與臺灣外交部及其他相關部門一同出席。在招待會上,吐國總理泰拉維與臺灣外交部長林永樂先後致詞,並強調吐瓦魯與臺灣之外交關係已非常穩定。接著,留華之吐國學生亦表演傳統舞蹈以慶祝新大使館之設立。

     吐國駐華大使館為吐國第五個駐外使館。吐國前財經部常務次長陶敏德將擔任吐國駐華大使館之特命全權大使。

     吐瓦魯國總理泰拉維祝賀吐國駐華大使館致詞稿如下:

Speech for the Opening of the Embassy of Tuvalu in Taiwan (講稿)