Taiwan mourns passing of Czech Senate speaker

01/21/2020 03:52 PM
Joanne Ou (歐江安)/CNA file photo
Joanne Ou (歐江安)/CNA file photo

Taipei, Jan. 21 (CNA) Taiwan's government on Tuesday offered condolences to the family of Jaroslav Kubera, the speaker of the Czech Republic's Senate and a supporter of Taiwan who passed away a day earlier in Teplice.

Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) called the Czech Economic and Cultural Office Taipei to express the sadness of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Taiwan's people over Kubera's death, foreign ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou (歐江安) said Tuesday.

Patrick Rumlar, representative of the Czech Economic and Cultural Office Taipei, thanked Wu for the condolences and said he would relay the messages to his government, Ou said.

Ke Liang-ruey (柯良叡), the head of Taiwan's representative office in the Czech Republic, also called Kubera's office and his family after the news broke to express Taiwan's sadness, MOFA said.

Kubera died in Prague on Monday at the age of 72 due to unspecified health problems, according to a report by Czech News Agency (CTK), the country's public service news agency.

The seasoned Czech politician was described by Ou as a staunch supporter of Taiwan and was originally scheduled to visit Taiwan next month.

Kubera attended the National Day reception of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Prague in October 2019 and announced his intension to visit Taiwan with a business delegation, which angered Beijing and President Milos Zeman, according to foreign media reports.

He was intent on pushing through with the visit despite the opposition of the Chinese embassy in the Czech Republic, Ou said.

(By Emerson Lim)

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