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President to visit 3 diplomatic allies, may hold forum at Harvard

President to visit 3 diplomatic allies, may hold forum at Harvard

Taipei, June 29 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou will visit the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Nicaragua in July and may also visit his alma mater Harvard University during a transit stop in Boston, Deputy Foreign Minister Simon Ko said Monday.
At a press briefing on the president's trip at the Presidential Office, Ko said Ma will fly to the United States on July 11 and transit in Boston before heading to the Dominican Republic for three days from July 12 to 14.
The president will then head to Haiti on July 14 and to Nicaragua on July 15 before returning home on July 18 after transiting through Los Angeles, Ko said.
Asked about a report that Ma will hold a closed-door conference at Harvard University during his brief stay in Boston, Ko said "the itinerary is still being worked out."
Other details related to the eight-day trip are being discussed with the United States and the three allies, Ko added.
The visit to the Caribbean and Central America was planned to reinforce Taiwan's relations with the diplomatic allies and give the president a chance to review the advances made by what he has described as a more flexible foreign policy, according to Ko.
The 85-member delegation led by Ma will include National Security Council Secretary-General Kao Hua-chu, Presidential Office Deputy Secretary-General Hsiao Hsu-tsen as well as Foreign Minister David Lin.
Other Cabinet officials, lawmakers and business leaders will also be part of the group.
Ko said that Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu, who will likely represent the ruling Kuomintang in the January 2016 presidential election, will not be part of the delegation.
The Republic of China (Taiwan) currently has diplomatic relations with 22 countries around the world, of which 11 are located in Central America and the Caribbean. (By Kelvin Huang and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-25 08:20 GMT+08:00