Taiwan congratulates St. Vincent on winning U.N. Security Council seat

Taipei, June 10 (CNA) Taiwan has congratulated its Caribbean ally St. Vincent and the Grenadines on securing a seat last Friday on the United Nations Security Council, the U.N.’s highest decision-making body.

In a tweet Saturday, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) tagged St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, saying Taiwan was proud of the country’s accomplishment.

“Congratulations @ComradeRalph & the government & people of StVincentAndTheGrenadines,” Wu wrote. “#Taiwan is tremendously proud of your accomplishment & has every confidence you will successfully promote international peace & security.”

During elections last Friday, the U.N. General Assembly elected St. Vincent and the Grenadines to one of the 10 non-permanent seats on the 15-member Security Council.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines, a multi-island Caribbean country 389 square-kilometers in size with a population of 110,000, made history as the smallest nation ever to secure a U.N. Security Council seat, according to a U.N. press release.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines took the contested Latin American and Caribbean seat in a 185-6 vote against El Salvador, the U.N. said.

Taiwan and St. Vincent and the Grenadines have had unbroken diplomatic relations since August 1981.