GVB sends Guam’s condolences to Taiwan in wake of horrific train crash

In this image made from a video released by hsnews.com.tw, passengers are helped to climb out of a derailed train in Hualien County in eastern Taiwan Friday, April 2, 2021. The train partially derailed along Taiwan’s east coast Friday, injuring an unknown number of passengers and causing potential fatalities. (hsnews.com.tw via AP via Fox News)

The Guam Visitors Bureau has sent its condolences to the Taipei Economic Cultural Office on Guam in the wake of a horrific train crash in Taiwan that left 50 dead and dozens injured.

GVB chairman Milton Morinaga sent the expression of condolences in a letter to Guam TECO director-general Paul Chen.

In the letter, Morinaga said the whole of Guam is mourning for Taiwan.

“On behalf of our membership, staff, and management, we, the Guam Visitors Bureau Board of Directors, extend our deepest condolences to the families of those killed in the train disaster in Hualien yesterday. Please know that we are praying for them, their lost loved ones, and for all who were injured or traumatized,” Morinaga said.

He added that Guam is eternally grateful for Taiwan’s loyal friendship and the Taiwanese professional healthcare community’s loving outreach, which has given Guam medical patients a new lease on life.

In addition, Morinaga said the Republic of Taiwan’s experts, consultants, and scholars continue to sophisticate Guam’s industrious endeavors. And Taiwan’s financiers, investors, and entrepreneurs have improved Guam’s standard of living for generations past, present, and future.

“Furthermore, your Taipei Economic and Cultural Office’s proven commitment to harmonious relations, interisland exchange, and recognition of our islands’ native peoples’ consanguinity and ancient linguistic ties blesses the congenial bilateralism we share. Taiwan’s unceasing assistance and loyal friendship knows no bounds, and Guam is forever indebted to your country for its kindness, generosity, and innate sensitivity to mutual respect,” Morinaga said.

He added that GVB remains ready to assist the people of Taiwan at the hour of their nation’s bereavement.