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U.S. has not decided on Taiwan president-elect's visit request: AIT

ROC Central News Agency

2008-03-27 16:44:29

    Taipei, March 27 (CNA) The U.S. government has not yet come to a decision on whether to approve Taiwan's President-elect Ma Ying-jeou's request to visit the United States before his May 20 inauguration, an American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) official said Thursday.

    Stephen Young, director of AIT's Taipei Office, made the remark when asked about the issue during a call on Kuomintang Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung.

    Young said he had no further information for the media.

    During a meeting with Young in Taipei Monday, Ma raised the possibility of visiting the U.S. before his inauguration.

    A U.S. Department of State official in charge of East Asian affairs confirmed Tuesday that Washington had received Ma's request, and added that the U.S. government will consider it and make a decision in accordance with the country's long-standing policy toward Taiwan and its recognition of the "one-China" policy.

    On Monday, a senior State Department official told the media that the U.S. government had not changed its principles regarding requests by Taiwan leaders to visit the United States.

    These principles include the condition that the visit should be private and unofficial and that such a visit would be arranged for the convenience, comfort, safety and dignity of the travelers, the official said.

(By Y.F. Low)


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