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French parliamentarian delegation touches down in Taiwan

ROC Central News Agency

12/15/2021 12:09 PM

Taipei, Dec. 15 (CNA) A delegation of French parliamentarians led by François de Rugy, chair of the French National Assembly's France-Taiwan Parliamentary Friendship Group, arrived in Taiwan Wednesday for a five-day visit during which it will meet with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文).

The delegation's flight landed at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at 8:36 a.m., where it was greeted by Deputy Foreign Minister Tien Chung-kwang (田中光).

Upon arrival, de Rugy told reporters that he was happy to visit Taiwan and hoped to have conversations on critical economic and cultural issues with Tsai and other government officials.

The six-member delegation from the French National Assembly is visiting Taiwan from Wednesday to Sunday, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

The other members of the delegation are MPs Jean-Luc Reitzer, Frédérique Dumas, Jean François Mbaye, Aina Kuric, and Jean-Louis Bricout, MOFA said in a press release on Tuesday.

Also on Tuesday, Presidential Office spokesperson Xavier Chang (張惇涵) said that Tsai was scheduled to meet with the delegation on Thursday in the Presidential Office.

Chang said that de Rugy's visit came only three months after a five-member delegation from the French Senate visited Taiwan in early October, which reflected the strong friendship between Taiwan and France as this was the first time two parliamentary delegations from the same European country had visited Taiwan within a few months.

During their visit, the delegation will also meet with Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), Legislative Speaker You Si-kun (游錫堃), Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮), and other high-level government officials.

They will exchange views on post-pandemic economic recovery, digital technologies, and security in the Indo-Pacific region, MOFA said.

De Rugy, the former president of the National Assembly, is a long-time supporter of Taiwan, and has worked to improve Taiwan-France relations since he became president of the France-Taiwan Parliamentary Friendship Group in May 2020, according to MOFA.

In November this year, the French National Assembly passed a resolution proposed by de Rugy calling on the French government to offer concrete support for Taiwan's participation in international organizations, six months after the French Senate adopted a similar resolution, MOFA said.

The National Assembly is the lower house of the French Parliament, while the Senate is the upper house.

(By Wu Rui-chi and Ken Wang)

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