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Taiwan to host Indo-Pacific forum on religious freedom

2019/02/03 16:14:04

Taipei, Feb. 3 (CNA) Taiwan is set to host an Indo-Pacific forum on religious freedom in March, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Sunday.

Working in collaboration with the United States, Taiwan will host the forum that is aimed at promoting religious freedom, human rights and democracy in the region, MOFA said in a statement.

The idea for an Indo-Pacific forum on religious freedom was first conceived when Taiwan's representative to the U.S. Stanley Kao (高碩泰) last July attended the first Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington, which convened leaders from around the world to discuss the challenges facing religious freedom and promote greater respect for religious liberty for all, the ministry said.

At the meeting, Kao engaged in talks with several U.S. officials and representatives from various religious groups on the issues and said Taiwan would welcome the opportunity to host a similar meeting in first half of 2019, according to Vincent Yao (姚金祥), head of MOFA's Department of North American Affairs.

As an indispensable partner in the Indo-Pacific region, Taiwan is willing to contribute to religious freedom and democratic development in the region, the ministry said.

MOFA said it has commissioned the Taipei-based Taiwan Foundation for Democracy to host the forum in March.

(By Wang Cheng-chung and Ko Lin)