US ambassador to UN praises Taiwan as ‘model for democracy’

16-Jan-2021 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) on Friday (January 15) released the text of US Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft’s opening remarks made during a video conference between her and President Tsai Ing-wen.

Craft affirmed the two countries’ close relationship by saying that the US “stands shoulder to shoulder with Taiwan as pillars of democracy.” She emphasized that the US would always be by Taiwan’s side and that this would never change.

She also stated that Taiwan is an “inspiration for the region” and the world, adding that Tsai’s courage and vision reinforce the East Asian nation’s global reputation.

The ambassador called Taiwan a “model for democracy, equality for women, innovation and scientific exploration, a [staunch defender] of human rights.” She then added that Tsai had taught her to “never mistake the present for a determination of the future.”

Ambassador Kraft was originally scheduled to visit Taiwan from January 13-15 but the US State Department called it off on January 12, citing ongoing presidential transition preparations. In lieu of the in-person meeting, Kraft and Tsai held a video conference to discuss Taiwan’s international participation, bilateral cooperation, and shared democratic values.

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