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Former U.S. President George W. Bush will not visit in April: MOFA

Former U.S. President George W. Bush will not visit in April: MOFA

Taipei, April 4 (CNA) Former U.S. President George W. Bush will not visit Taiwan in April because of his tight schedule during his tour of Asia, an official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) confirmed Sunday.
Despite the setback, the official said the ministry will continue its efforts to invite the former U.S. president, who left office in 2009, for a visit in the future.
The official denied that a media report publicizing Bush's visit was the main reason Bush will not come to Taiwan this month. Instead, the issue was the tight itinerary of the former president, who might have to rush back to the U.S. after his trip to Asia.
The official said that inviting prominent U.S. politicians to visit Taiwan is one of the MOFA's responsibilities but that getting them to come is difficult because their schedules are often set well in advance.
Foreign Minister Timothy C.T. Yang said earlier this week that he could not confirm a reported visit by Bush and that the idea was only in the initial stages of consideration.
Next Magazine reported recently that Bush had accepted an invitation from Jason Yuan, Taiwan's representative in the United States, to visit Taiwan in late April.
(By Lee Ming-chung and Fanny Liu)




Updated : 2021-07-26 03:00 GMT+08:00