President Ma Ying-jeou, was given a red carpet welcome at the Robert Bradshaw International Airport in Basseterre, led by Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas, Foreign Affairs Minister Patrice Nisbett, Premier of Nevis Vance Amory and other parliamentarians, diplomats and senior government officials.
The visit here is the last of a swing through the Caribbean that also included stops in Haiti, St. Lucia and St. Vincent. It is a trip that the Taiwanese are hoping would solidify existing diplomatic alliances and enhance new relations.
President Ying-jeou said his visit also signifies his country’s commitment to the development of St. Kitts and Nevis. Both leaders made brief remarks after inspecting a Guard of Honour drawn up by the Defence force and Police Force.
Shortly after his arrival, the president and his 150-strong delegation were guests at a State Luncheon, hosted at the St. Kitts Marriott in Frigate Bay.
A State Dinner, hosted by Governor General Sir Edmund Lawrence and visits to various projects funded by the Taiwanese government, also form part of the packed agenda for the visit that ends on Monday, 19th August.
Both governments signed a Treaty at the special luncheon.