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Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, left, and Ambassador of Palau to Taiwan, David Orrukem, in Taipei on Tuesday. (Photo: Office of the President, Taiwan)
Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, left, and Ambassador of Palau to Taiwan, David Orrukem, in Taipei on Tuesday. (Photo: Office of the President, Taiwan)
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St. Vincent and the Grenadines has established diplomatic relations with Palau, an archipelagic nation of over 500 islands and about 22,000 people in the Pacific

Kingstown and Ngerulmud signed the instrument establishing diplomatic ties on Tuesday during a signing ceremony at the Presidential Office in Taipei, Taiwan.

St. Kitts and Nevis, which, like SVG and Palau, is a Taiwan ally, also established diplomatic ties with Ngerulmud during the same ceremony.

Prime Minister of SVG Ralph Gonsalves and Ambassador of Palau to Taiwan, David Orrukem, signed the documents and Bassterre’s ambassador to Taipei, Donya L. Francis, signed on behalf of St. Kitts and Nevis.

“As diplomatic allies, the relationship between Saint Kitts and Nevis and Palau will be one of mutual benefit as we work together and share knowledge, ideas and expertise in areas such as people empowerment, trade, culture, education, maritime, climate action and sustainable practices, especially as both nations are Small Island Developing States,” Francis said.

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Among the witnesses at the signing ceremony were the President of Taiwan, Lai, Ching-te, who was inaugurated on Monday, Deputy Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Geoffrey Hanley, and President of Palau, Surangel Whipps Jr.