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Taiwan to send delegation to Burkina Faso's presidential inauguration

Taiwan to send delegation to Burkina Faso's presidential inauguration

Taiwan will send a special envoy to attend the inauguration of Burkina Faso's new president-elect Roch Marc Christian Kabore later this month, a Taiwanese foreign affairs official said Thursday.

Examination Yuan President Wu Jin-lin will attend the ceremony as President Ma Ying-jeou's special envoy, said Antonio Chen, director-general of the Department of West Asian and African Affairs under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at a news briefing.

Wu's delegation will depart for Taiwan's African ally Burkina Faso Friday to attend Kabore's inauguration ceremony slated for Dec. 29, Chen said.

During his visit, Wu will reiterate Taiwan's commitment to aiding Burkina Faso's development and continuing bilateral cooperation, as well as supporting its democratic development, according to Chen. Taiwan's Foreign Ministry also expressed hope of working together with Burkina Faso's new government on advancing bilateral relations based on a good foundation.

Kabore, a former prime minister, beat his main rival Zephirin Diabre in the Nov. 29 presidential election, held after months of political unrest.

It was the first election in Burkina Faso since last year's popular uprising, which toppled longstanding President Blaise Compaore. An interim government was later established to run the country until a new leader could be elected.

The vote was scheduled for October but was postponed due to an attempted coup by members of the presidential guard in September. Kabore has also served as transport and communications minister, president of the National Assembly of Burkina Faso and finance minister, among other posts.

Burkina Faso is one of Taiwan's three diplomatic allies in Africa. (By Tang Pei-chun and Elaine Hou)

Updated : 2021-09-20 17:13 GMT+08:00