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President Ma meets with new Vatican rep to Taiwan

President Ma Ying-jeou met with the Holy See's new charge d'affairs in Taiwan, Msgr. Paul Fitzpatrick Russell, and his predecessor, Msgr. Ambrose Madtha, at the Presidential Office Tuesday.
During the meeting, Ma said that relations between the Republic of China on Taiwan and the Vatican have been harmonious, noting that former president Chen Shui-bian visited the Holy See in May 2005 to attend the late Pope John Paul II's funeral.
Fitzpatrick Russell was named the Vatican's new diplomatic representative to Taiwan in early May, after Madtha was named as Apostolic Nuncio to the Ivory Coast in West Africa.
Ma, who was accompanied by National Security Council Secretary-General Su Chi and other top officials, noted that relations between Taiwan and the Vatican were very close during Ambrose's five-plus years as the Holy See's representative, adding that he will be missed by everyone in Taiwan.
The president also welcomed the new representative on the same occasion and expressed the hope that relations between Taiwan and the Vatican will continue to be strengthened.
The Vatican is the only state in Europe that diplomatically recognizes the Republic of China on Taiwan.


Updated : 2021-05-14 00:45 GMT+08:00