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European parliamentarian congratulates envoy on new appointment

2012/09/22 18:29:50

Brussels, Sept. 21 (CNA) European Parliament Vice President Edward McMillan-Scott on Friday congratulated David Lin, Taiwan's incumbent representative to the European Union, on his appointment as the country's new foreign minister, saying he is confident Lin will greatly contribute to the country in his new post.

Lin will succeed incumbent Foreign Minister Timothy Yang, who will move on to serve as secretary-general of the Presidential Office, according to a government reshuffle plan revealed earlier this week.

"David Lin has been an outstanding ambassador for his country during his time in Brussels," McMillan-Scott said in a statement.

He praised Lin's efforts at garnering support to boost Taiwan's standing in the EU, which he said was evidenced by a well-attended address that Lai Shin-yuan, current Mainland Affairs Council head who will become permanent representative to the World Trade Organization, delivered at the parliament earlier this month.

"He has displayed diplomacy of the highest standard and I'm sure he will be a credit to his country as foreign minister," McMillan-Scott said.

Lin, 62, has served as Taiwan's representative to the European Union and Belgium since May 2010.

McMillan-Scott, who visited Taiwan in 2006, also expressed the wish to visit Lin in Taiwan next year.

McMillan-Scott, known for paying attention to human rights issues in China, has in the past shown his recognition of Taiwan's democratic development.

(By Tsao Yu-fan and Scully Hsiao)