Foreign minister confirms plan for presidential overseas trip

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/05/25
By: Tang Pei-chun and Elizabeth Hsu

Taipei, May 25 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) is planning a trip next month 21029946by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to Panama and Paraguay — two diplomatic allies of Taiwan in Central and South America, Foreign Minister David Lee (李大維) confirmed Wednesday.

While the United States has not yet given the nod to a proposal for the U.S. cities in which Tsai will conduct transit stops during the trip, it would be premature for the MOFA to issue an official announcement of Tsai’s planned visit to the two countries, Lee said.

“But (we are) heading in that direction,” he said while answering questions from New Power Party lawmaker Hsu Yung-ming (徐永明) in a hearing at the legislative Foreign and National Defense Committee.

Hsu asked if there is a clear direction for a “summit diplomacy” policy of the new government, which was sworn in May 20. He also asked if Tsai will conduct an overseas trip in June.     [FULL  STORY]

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