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Taiwan welcomes European Parliament's backing for closer ties

Taiwan welcomes European Parliament's backing for closer ties

Taipei, Oct. 24 (CNA) Taiwan welcomes a resolution passed by the European Parliament, which expressed its support for closer cooperation between Europe and Taiwan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Thursday. In a statement, the ministry said it was grateful for the resolution, which was adopted earlier in the day and called for stronger ties between the European Union and Taiwan. The resolution also called for the EU to have a greater presence in the Asia-Pacific region. In the resolution, the European Parliament commended Taiwan's continued efforts to maintain peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region and recognized the progress made in cross-Taiwan Strait ties, especially in the areas of economic links, tourism and cultural cooperation, the ministry said. The resolution also reiterated the European Parliament's support for Taiwan's meaningful participation in international organizations and activities, such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. On the issue of Europe-Taiwan ties, it urged the European Commission -- the EU's executive body -- and the Council of the EU to facilitate the negotiation on an EU-Taiwan economic cooperation agreement. It also backed closer bilateral ties in trade, research, culture, education and environmental protection. In response, Taiwan urged the EU to begin talks on an economic cooperation agreement as soon as possible and to continue to strengthen bilateral cooperation and exchanges, according to the Foreign Ministry. The resolution also said that the European Parliament is concerned about Asia-Pacific regional security and disputes in the East and South China Sea, suggesting that the EU could play a more active role. The resolution was adopted in response to the Annual Report from the Council to the European Parliament on the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-08-02 22:41 GMT+08:00