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Tsai meets with over 30 foreign delegations since inauguration

Tsai meets with over 30 foreign delegations since inauguration

Taipei, May 22 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen has received over 30 foreign delegations since she took office Friday, including one from Taiwan's only diplomatic ally in Europe, the Holy See.

Tsai on Sunday met with Archbishop Joseph Chennoth, the Holy See's apostolic nuncio to Japan who attended the new president's inauguration as a special envoy of Pope Francis.

Noting that diplomatic ties between the two countries will enter their 74th year this year, Tsai said Taiwan has worked with the Vatican on many humanitarian projects, including support for refugees in northern Iraq and earthquake relief in Nepal, Japan and Ecuador.

"As a member of the international community, we will steadfastly support democratic, free and humanitarian values," she said.

Taiwan will also follow Pope Francis' call for helping the impoverished and the disadvantaged and fighting injustice.

On the same day, Tsai also met with Haitian Foreign Minister Pierrot Delienne, St. Lucian Education Minister Robert Lewis, Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega of Belize and Honduran Supreme Court President Rolando Edgardo Argueta Perez.

In a Facebook update posted Sunday afternoon, Tsai said she had met over 30 foreign delegations since Friday after she was sworn in as president, and she thanked their long-term support of Taiwan.

"To bring Taiwan to the world and the world to Taiwan will become my job," she wrote.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, nearly 700 foreign dignitaries from 59 countries were in Taiwan to attend the inaugural ceremony of Tsai -- the country's first female president. (By Sophia Yeh and Kay Liu)