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Taiwan honors departing Canadian envoy for efforts to promote ties

2015/08/04 17:55:03

Taiwan's Foreign Minister David Lin (right) shakes hands with departing Canadian envoy, Kathleen Mackay, in an awarding ceremony in Taipei Tuesday.

Taipei, Aug. 4 (CNA) Taiwan presented a medal to Canada's top envoy in Taiwan Tuesday, in recognition of her efforts to advance relations between the two countries over the past three years, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said that day.

During the ceremony, Foreign Minister David Lin (林永樂) conferred the Friendship Medal of Diplomacy upon Kathleen Mackay in recognition of her contributions to promoting bilateral ties, the ministry said in a statement.

In an address at the ceremony, Lin expressed gratitude for Mackay's efforts to strengthen Taiwan-Canada exchanges and cooperation.

"I very much appreciate the support we received from MOFA and other ministries," Mackay said after receiving the medal. "I am certain that we will be able to continue to enhance our relationships."

The progress in the development of bilateral relations during Mackay's tenure includes Taiwan's opening to imports of Canadian bone-in beef, a bilateral aviation agreement, and closer cooperation in energy, the ministry said.

In late July, she also received a medal from Economics Minister John Deng (鄧振中) for promoting official and private bilateral trade over the past three years.

Mackay is a senior Canadian diplomat, whose previous overseas posts include stints in Tokyo, New Delhi and Brussels.

She took up her Taiwan post in September 2012 and is set to complete her tenure Aug. 10.

(By Elaine Hou)