MBABANE: Thulie Dladla, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has congratulated Tsai Ing-wen, the President of the Republic of China on Taiwan for winning another term in the highly contested elections held today.
President Tsai Ing-wen won the elections with approximately 58% beating Han Kuo-Yu of the Nationalist Party who was supported by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and was believed to be working towards re-uniting the island with the PRC. Speaking to this Swaziland News, the Minister said as government they wished the diplomatic ties between the two countries continue undisturbed.
“We would like to congratulate the President for this landslide victory in the elections and we wish our diplomatic ties to continue undisturbed. We assure them of unwavering support as they continue building their government. We will issue a formal congratulatory note on Monday” said the Minister.
Jeremy Liang, the Taiwan Ambassador, when speaking to this publication on Thursday said the diplomatic ties between his country and the Kingdom of eSwatini were very strong and would not be affected by the outcomes of the elections. This was after he was asked to share his comments on the diplomatic future of Taiwan and eSwatini in the event Han Kuo-Yu who was pro-China win the elections.
“Our relations with eSwatini are strong and guided by our foreign policy so it doesn’t matter who win the elections, the diplomatic ties will remain strong” said the Ambassador.
Addressing his supporters today shortly after winning the elections, the President thanked the people of his country for protecting the Sovereignty of Taiwan.
“These results show that the people of Taiwan will always stand-up when they feel the Sovereignty of their country is at stake” she said.
The Taiwan President then urged the Mainland China to respect the outcomes of the elections by removing the threats of using force to re-unite the island with the PRC.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing- wen(pic: South China Post)