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Leaders of Taiwan's allies arrive for Ma's inauguration

2012/05/18 22:03:04

Taipei, May 18 (CNA) Foreign dignitaries from a number of Taiwan's allies in Latin America and the Caribbean arrived in Taiwan on Friday for the May 20 inauguration of President Ma Ying-jeou.

They included President Fernando Lugo of Paraguay, Prime Minister Ralph E. Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Vice President Moises Omar Halleslevens Acevedo of Nicaragua, the Ministryof Foreign Affairs said Friday.

Other representatives of Taiwan's Central American allies who arrived Friday to attend the ceremony were Belize Governor-General Colville N. Young, Vice President Maria Antonieta Guillen de Bogran of Honduras and Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez of El Salvador.

A number of European dignitaries were also in Taipei for the occasion, including Vatican Archbishop Osvaldo Padilla, the Holy See's ambassador to South Korea, and former Bulgarian President Zhelyu Zhelev, according to the ministry.

A British parliamentary group of nine led by David Steel, a co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary British Taiwanese Group, and a delegation of four members of the European Parliament, led by Laima Liucija Andrikiene, vice chairperson of the European Parliament-Taiwan Friendship Group, also arrived for the ceremony.

The European delegates will be entertained by Deputy Foreign Minister Tung Kuo-yu and meet with local politicians and academic and business representatives during their stay in Taiwan before departing May 23, the ministry said.

(By Emmanuelle Tzeng and Scully Hsiao)