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Taiwan's foreign minister departs for eSwatini

The African king is celebrating his 51st birthday

MOFA building (Photo: Teng Pei-ju)

MOFA building (Photo: Teng Pei-ju)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) is visiting eSwatini as an envoy of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to attend the 51st birthday celebration of the African King, Mswati III.

The delegation of five is departing on a trip to the southern African country from April 24 to 28, announced the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) via a press statement on Wednesday (April 24).

In addition to participating in the birthday celebration of the king who has visited Taiwan 17 times over the years, the delegation will meet with eSwatini’s foreign minister, Thulisile Dladla, to discuss future cooperative projects and how to enhance bilateral relations, said MOFA.

Both foreign ministers will also ink a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on promoting women’s economic empowerment.

The MoU aims to develop talent in women from the remote countryside, and thus foster women’s economic independence, according to MOFA.

Taiwan established diplomatic relations with eSwatini in 1968. It is now the only African country that recognizes Taiwan instead of China, and one of the 17 countries in the world.

In 2018, President Tsai visited eSwatini to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Taiwan-eSwatini diplomatic ties.

Updated : 2021-12-01 22:00 GMT+08:00