French Senate delegation arrives in Taiwan for six-day visit
Taoyuan, June 8 (CNA) The head of a delegation of visiting French senators hailed Taiwan as a vibrant democracy and expressed hope for forging closer bilateral ties after arriving in the country on Wednesday for a six-week trip. days.
Senator Joël Guerriau, Vice Chairman of the French Senate’s Taiwanese Friendship Group and Vice Chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defense and Armed Forces Committee, made the remarks to the press through an interpreter upon arrival at Taoyuan International Airport.
Guerriau said they would meet with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and other senior officials to promote closer bilateral exchanges.
The other members of the delegation are senators Vincent Eble, Sylvie Goy-Chavent, Dany Wattebled and Ludovic Haye.
Guerriau said it was his second trip to Taiwan and Goy-Chavent’s third trip, while the rest of the delegation was on their first visit.
He also praised Taiwan’s senior envoy to Paris, Francois Wu (吳志中), for doing a good job promoting Taiwan in France.
Guerriau’s delegation is the third group of French lawmakers to visit Taiwan in the past 10 months.
Alain Richard, head of the French Senate’s Taiwanese Friendship Group and the country’s defense minister from 1997 to 2002, and other lawmakers visited Taiwan in October 2021, and a six-member delegation from the National Assembly French traveled to Taiwan in December 2021.
According to the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the frequent visits by representatives of the two chambers of the French parliament demonstrate the friendly ties between the two countries.