French senate delegation arrives in Taiwan for six-day visit

06/08/2022 11:59 AM
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A delegation of French senators led by Joël Guerriau (fourth from the left) at Taoyuan International Airport on Wednesday. CNA photo June 8, 2022
A delegation of French senators led by Joël Guerriau (fourth from the left) at Taoyuan International Airport on Wednesday. CNA photo June 8, 2022

Taoyuan, June 8 (CNA) The head of a delegation of visiting French senators praised Taiwan as a vibrant democracy and expressed hope of forging closer bilateral ties after arriving in the country on Wednesday for a six-day trip.

Senator Joël Guerriau, vice chairman of the French Senate's Taiwan Friendship Group and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and the Armed Forces, made the remarks to the press via an interpreter upon arrival at Taoyuan International Airport.

Guerriau said they would meet President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and other senior officials to promote closer two-way exchanges.

Other members of the delegation are senators Vincent Eble, Sylvie Goy-Chavent, Dany Wattebled, and Ludovic Haye.

Guerriau said this is his second trip to Taiwan and Goy-Chavent's third trip, while the rest of the delegation are making their first visit.

He also praised Taiwan's top envoy to Paris Francois Wu (吳志中) for doing a good job in promoting Taiwan in France.

Guerriau's delegation is the third group of French lawmakers to visit Taiwan in the past 10 months.

Alain Richard, head of the French Senate's Taiwan Friendship Group and the country's defense minister from 1997 to 2002, and other lawmakers visited Taiwan in October 2021, and a six-member French National Assembly delegation came to Taiwan in December 2021.

According to Taiwan's foreign ministry, the frequent visits by representatives from both chambers of the French parliament demonstrates the friendly bonds between the two countries.

(By Wu Ruei-chi and Joseph Yeh)

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