MOFA to consider inviting Obama to Taiwan

Proposal from DPP lawmaker names former visitors such as Carter, Clinton

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/02/01
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday it was considering the proposal

Former U.S. President Barack Obama. (By Associated Press)

of a legislator to invite former United States President Barack Obama to visit Taiwan.

Ruling Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker Lin Chun-hsien said former President Bill Clinton had also visited the island, so there was a precedent to invite Obama, who left office on January 20 to make way for Republican Donald Trump.

MOFA reportedly agreed with his proposal, adding a visit would be a witness to the steadiness and friendliness of Taiwan-U.S. relations.

Before Obama left office, he signed the National Defense Authorization Act allowing senior military officers and top officials to visit each other’s country, an unprecedented move since Washington and Taipei ended formal diplomatic relations in 1979, Lin said.

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