Taiwan Foreign Minister signs George H.W. Bush condolence book at AIT

Government praised Bush as Taiwan supporter

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Foreign Minister Joseph Wu signing the condolence book at AIT (photo courtesy of twitter.com/mofa_taiwan)

Foreign Minister Joseph Wu signing the condolence book at AIT (photo courtesy of twitter.com/mofa_taiwan)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) signed the condolence book for United States President George H.W. Bush at the American Institute in Taiwan.

The elder Bush, who served as the 41st president from 1989 until 1993, died on November 30 at the age of 94. The year he left office, he visited Taiwan, where he was also known for signing a major weapons deal which eventually supplied the island with F-16 fighter jets.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) also tweeted about the passing of the former president.

“We offer our sincere condolences to the family & friends of former President George H.W. Bush. The invaluable contributions of this tireless defender of democracy to ending the Cold War & safeguarding the free world will always be remembered & revered,” MOFA tweeted shortly after his death.

“With the highest respect & profoundest sympathies, Minister Wu signed the condolence book for former #US President George H.W. Bush today at the #AIT,” said another tweet, dated December 3.

AIT opened one condolence book at its headquarters on Taipei City’s Xinyi Road and one for the general public at the American Center, the Central News Agency reported.