President Tsai Ing-wen received a delegation from the Lithuania-Taiwan Parliamentary Friendship Group at the Presidential Office Jan. 25 in Taipei City, pledging to continue working with the Baltic state to contribute to global prosperity and development.
The group is led by LTPFG Chair Matas Maldeikis and includes Seimas Deputy Speakers Vytautas Mitalas, Radvile Morkunaite-Mikuleniene and Julius Sabatauskas, among other key legislators.
The president welcomed the parliamentarians, saying that their visit so soon after the presidential election demonstrates long-standing cross-party support and is sincerely appreciated by the government and people of Taiwan.
According to Tsai, interaction between the countries has increased in recent years, as evidenced by the memorandums of understanding concluded on agriculture, medicine and health, and technology, as well as cooperation in biotechnology, lasers and other key industries through Taiwan’s Central and Eastern Europe Investment Fund.
Tsai thanked the Seimas for backing Taiwan’s international participation and calling on the global community to pay more attention to cross-strait issues, adding that she looks forward to expanded cooperation and exchanges between the two partners to strengthen their economic and democratic resilience.
In response, Maldeikis praised the president for her unwavering dedication to the people, visionary approach to international relations and strong advocacy for democracy. He cited Tsai’s concrete steps to facilitate partnership with Lithuania in semiconductors, which laid the foundation for a prosperous economic relationship between the two nations.
Lithuania and Taiwan are both peace- and democracy-loving nations under pressure from unfriendly external powers, Maldeikis said, adding that such shared experiences offer great opportunities for fruitful friendship and productive cooperation. (SFC-E)
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