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Gambian president arrives in Taiwan on state visit

2012/06/26 13:36:17

Taipei, June 26 (CNA) Gambian President Yahya J.J. Jammeh has arrived in Taiwan on a state visit, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday.

"This is Jammeh's first visit to Taiwan since his re-election," said Steve Hsia, deputy director-general of the ministry's Department of Information and Cultural Affairs, in pointing to the visit's significance.

To mark the occasion, Jammeh will be welcomed with full military salute later Tuesday, Hsia said in a telephone interview.

Leading a delegation of 76 officials and ministers, Jammeh will meet with Ma "to exchange views on international affairs and other issues of mutual concern," according to a statement released by the ministry.

Besides calling on local officials, Jammeh will also host a seminar on trade and investment opportunities in The Gambia on June 27 in Taipei, it said.

The trip, the ninth Jammeh has made to Taiwan, demonstrates "the close partnership and brotherly bonds between the two countries," the statement added.

(By Nancy Liu)