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Legislative Speaker Su attends John McCain's memorial service

2018/09/02 12:45:00

Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全), Taiwan's Legislative Yuan speaker, talks with U.S. Representative Paul Ryan.

Washington, Sept. 1 (CNA) Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全), Taiwan's Legislative Yuan speaker, attended a memorial ceremony for the late U.S. Senator John McCain at Washington National Cathedral on Saturday.

During the ceremony, Su exchanged greetings with many U.S. politicians and foreign dignities and together they remembered the former senator's life of service, according to a statement issued by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States.

After arrival to Washington D.C. on Friday, Su paid tribute to McCain in the lying-in-state ceremony for the late senator in the U.S. Capitol Hill on behalf of Taiwan's government.

While in the U.S., Su also met with U.S. Representative Paul Ryan, Senator Cory Gardner and several U.S. congressmen, Su said in his Facebook page.

Su said that in addition to expressing respect for McCain, he also expressed gratitude to the U.S. Congress for its staunch support for improving relations between Taiwan and the Untied States and for peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

McCain believed in the principles of democracy and freedom, which are the same values shared by Taiwan, Su added.

McCain, who had served as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee since 2015, was the Republican Party presidential nominee in the 2008 presidential election and a Navy fighter pilot during the Vietnam War. He died of brain cancer complications on Aug. 25 at the age of 81.

After the memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral on Saturday, McCain will be buried at the Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis on Sunday.

(By Chiang Chin-yeh, Wang Cheng-chung and Evelyn Kao)
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