Gov’t hon­ors min­is­ter of Sao Tome and Principe

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wan be­stowed a medal on the for­eign min­is­ter of Sao Tome and Principe Fri­day in recog­ni­tion of his ef­forts to pro­mote ex­changes be­tween the two coun­tries and his sup­port for Tai­wan, the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs said that day.

For­eign Min­is­ter David Lin con­ferred the Or­der of Bril­liant Star with Grand Cordon upon Manuel Salvador dos Ramos on the last day of a visit to Tai­wan that be­gan July 26, the min­istry said in a state­ment.

Tai­wan and the African coun­try es­tab­lished diplo­matic ties in 1997, and Ramos — an ad­viser to that coun­try’s pres­i­dent at the time — played a part in the es­tab­lish­ment of of­fi­cial ties be­tween the two coun­tries, the min­istry said.

Since then, he has been a firm sup­porter of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries and bi­lat­eral projects aimed at im­prov­ing public health, ed­u­ca­tion, agri­cul­ture, in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and hu­man re­sources in Sao Tome and Principe, an is­land coun­try off the coast of West Africa, the min­istry said.

On var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional oc­ca­sions, Ramos has also voiced sup­port for Tai­wan’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the World Health Assem­bly, the In­ter­na­tional Civil Avi­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion and the United Na­tions Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change, said the min­istry, de­scrib­ing him as a loyal friend of Tai­wan.

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