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Ex-President George W. Bush not visiting Taiwan in April: MOFA

Ex-President George W. Bush not visiting Taiwan in April: MOFA

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Former United States President George W. Bush will not be visiting Taiwan in April but efforts to invite him would continue, reports said Sunday.
Media reports said last week that Taiwan’s representative in Washington, Jason Yuan, was helping the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to prepare for a Bush visit late this month.
His itinerary for an Asian tour this month was already too full for him to stop by in Taiwan, but MOFA would continue to try and organize a visit later on, reports quoted an unnamed ministry official as saying.
Foreign Minister Timothy Yang and MOFA spokesman Henry Chen said last week the invitation was still at an early stage, with contacts just beginning.
Officials denied reports that the revelation of a possible Bush visit to Taiwan was the reason for the failure of the plan to invite him. Many public figures toured Asia but it was not always possible to fit Taiwan into their schedule, the MOFA official was quoted as saying.
The ministry said it was interested in inviting any major present and former prominent U.S. figure, but as preparations had to start early on, it was not always possible to work out a successful arrangement.
Even though Bush would not visit Taiwan this time, there might be other opportunities in the future, officials said.
Because of its lack of diplomatic ties under Chinese pressure, Taiwan has found it difficult to receive visits by incumbent leaders, though leaders like Margaret Thatcher, Lech Walesa and former U.S. President Bill Clinton did visit Taiwan once retired.


Updated : 2021-06-15 11:57 GMT+08:00