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French parliamentary delegation leaves Taiwan after five-day trip

ROC Central News Agency

12/20/2021 11:18 AM

Taoyuan, Dec. 20 (CNA) A group of French parliamentarians led by François de Rugy, chair of the French National Assembly's France-Taiwan Parliamentary Friendship Group, left Taiwan late Sunday following a five-day visit.

The six-member French delegation departed Taoyuan International Airport on an EVA Air flight at 11:50 p.m., concluding a visit from Wednesday to Sunday.

The other members of the delegation were MPs Jean-Luc Reitzer, Frédérique Dumas, Jean François Mbaye, Aina Kuric, and Jean-Louis Bricout.

During their stay in Taiwan, the delegation met with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and other senior government officials to discuss ways to enhance bilateral relations.

De Rugy, a former president of the National Assembly and long-time supporter of Taiwan, was presented with a Medal of Honor for Parliamentary Diplomacy on Friday by legislative speaker You Si-kun (游錫堃) to thank the lawmaker for promoting closer Franco-Taiwanese exchanges over many years.

At a Friday press event, de Rugy reiterated Paris' stance in opposing any acts of intimidation that jeopardize the status quo in the Taiwan Strait.

Taiwan is in a particularly difficult position, facing threats from China at a time when Washington and Beijing are competing for influence in the Indo-Pacific region, de Rugy said.

It is therefore important that democracies show support for each other and that stability and security is maintained in the strait, he added.

(By Wu Ruei-chi and Joseph Yeh)


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