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FM to visit Afrian allies next month

FM to visit Afrian allies next month

Minister of Foreign Affairs James Huang will depart for Africa next month to secure the island’s ties with its five allies there, the ministry said Tuesday.
While there, Huang will extend invitations to the leaders of the allies to attend a summit to be held in Taipei in September, according to Chang Yun-ping, director-general of the ministry’s Department of African Affairs.
Huang will travel in the capacity of special envoy of President Chen Shui-bian to invite the leaders to participate in the summit between Taiwan and its African allies.
Taiwan maintains diplomatic ties with Burkina Faso, Malawi, Swaziland, The Gambia, and Sao Tome and Principe. During his stay in Africa, Huang will also attend activities to mark the national days of Malawi and Sao Tome and Principe, according to Chang.
Responding to reports that China is discussing a cooperation project on oil exploitation with Sao Tome and Principe, Chang said China has been working to establish relations with all the oil producing countries around the world.
Chang added that although the government expects that the matter will not have an impact on Taiwan's ties with the African country, the ministry is keeping a close eye on the situation.
Huang said in April that the upcoming summit will focus on how Taiwan can help its African allies cope with globalization through joint ventures to promote renewable energy and ecotourism and strengthen environmental protection, in addition to developing their economies.


Updated : 2021-10-21 11:23 GMT+08:00