Two of Taiwan's diplomatic allies, Swaziland and Saint Kitts and Nevis, spoke in support of Taiwan's participation in the international community, during a United Nations General Assembly session on Saturday.
To date, 11 of Taiwan's 22 allies have spoken up for Taiwan during the General Assembly's general debate: Nauru, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Paraguay, Haiti, Nicaragua, the Solomon Islands, Swaziland, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tuvalu, and Saint Kitts and Nevis.
Taiwan was not mentioned, however, during a speech Saturday by another of its Caribbean allies, St. Lucia, or by eight other allies (El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Burkina Faso, Sao Tome and Principe and the Holy See) in previous days.
Two other allies, Belize and Palau, have yet to speak at the general debate, which runs until Monday.
Government leaders of 30 countries spoke at the general debate on Saturday, during which Timothy Harris, prime minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, expressed support for Taiwan's participation in the United Nations.
"I know that Taiwan is eager to share its progress and development successes with the rest of the world," Harris said.
"I therefore welcome new opportunities for Taiwan and its people to be warmly welcomed and integrated into the international fraternity of nations as a global player."
Swaziland Prime Minister Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini said the 23 million of the Republic of China (Taiwan) should have the same fundamental rights as other people.
"Taiwan is mostly unable to attend meetings and activities of UN specialized agencies, (and) the welfare of its people and by extension all mankind is adversely affected," he said.
"There is no doubt that their membership will add value to the family's universal push to transform our world."
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel