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Over 400 foreign dignitaries to attend National Day celebrations

Over 400 foreign dignitaries to attend National Day celebrations

Taipei, Oct. 9 (CNA) More than 400 foreign dignitaries, including the presidents of Burkina Faso and Paraguay, are scheduled to attend upcoming events in Taipei to celebrate the Republic of China's 103rd birthday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Thursday, one day before the country's national day. Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes, Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore, Honduran Vice President Lorena Enriqueta Herrera Estevez and Panama's first lady Lorena Isabel Castillo de Varela are among the guests who will attend the celebration in the plaza in front of the Presidential Office Friday morning, said ministry spokeswoman Anna Kao. Delegations of lawmakers from the United States, Japan and Scotland will also attend the celebrations, which include a National Day reception in the evening, Kao said at a news briefing. Representatives of international non-government groups have also been invited to attend, she said. U.S. Congressmen Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and Albio Sires (D-NJ), co-chairs of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, are leading a delegation to Taiwan, the ministry said. The delegation of about 20 Japanese lawmakers is headed by Japan-ROC Diet Members' Consultative Council Chairman Takeo Hiranuma, according to the ministry. The president of Nicaragua's National Assembly, Rene Nunez, will also attend, the ministry said. Members of the Scottish delegation include James Dornan, Richard Lyle, Liam McArthur, Margaret McDougall and John Pentland, who are all visiting Taiwan for the first time, the ministry said. Speaking about the National Day reception at the Taipei Guest House organized by the Foreign Ministry, Kao said that the dishes to be served will present a mixed flavor of Taiwanese traditional, Hakka and indigenous foods. Performances will be staged at the reception, she added. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2020-11-30 14:02 GMT+08:00