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President Ma to address IDU meeting in Taipei

President Ma to address IDU meeting in Taipei

Taipei, Jan. 29 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou will deliver a speech at an executive committee meeting of the International Democrat Union (IDU) on Feb. 1, a Kuomintang (KMT) official said Friday.
The IDU meeting is scheduled to take place Jan. 31- Feb. 2 in Taipei, with the participation of around 60 top representatives of 28 political parties from around the world, including IDU Chairman and former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, said Kuo Yun-kuang, director of the Overseas Affairs Department of the KMT, organizer of the IDU meeting.
Other political figures at the upcoming meeting will include five political party chairmen, and party secretary-generals and congressmen.
Kuo said that the meeting will focus on achieving interaction among heads of political parties.
Under the IDU framework, former Vice President Lien Chan had breakfast meetings twice with then U.S. President George W. Bush at the White House, in 2002 and 2005, in Lien's capacity as KMT chairman.
Kuo said that by promoting party diplomacy, the ruling KMT hopes to help the government expand the country's diplomatic space.
The IDU, which is headquartered in Oslo, was founded in 1983 to provide a forum for political parties to hold seminars and exchange views on matters of policy and organizational interest so as to help forge a unified voice for the promotion of centre-right policies across the globe. The IDU now has 45 full or associate members. The KMT joined the IDU in 1994 and was the sponsor of the 1998 IDU Executive Committee meeting.
(By Lee Shu-hua & Bear Lee)




Updated : 2021-06-14 01:00 GMT+08:00