MOFA welcomes Czech Senate president ahead of delegation’s arrival on Sunday

90-strong group of political, academic, cultural leaders will be highest-profile Czech delegation to Taiwan since Velvet Revolution

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/08/26
By: Micah McCartney, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Czech Senate President Milos Vistrcil (Milos Vistrcil photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The highest-profile Czech delegation to visit Taiwan since the Central European nation gained its independence is set to arrive Aug. 30 for a five-day visit.

Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement on Tuesday (Aug. 25) welcoming the president of the Czech Republic Senate, Milos Vystrcil, and his wife, stating that the visit would "strengthen exchanges and economic and trade cooperation between the two countries' parliaments." It will be the highest-level visit by a sitting official of the Czech government since it emerged from one-party Communist rule in the 1989 Velvet Revolution.

The senator will be accompanied by a 90-strong delegation that includes pro-Taiwan Prague Mayor Zdenek Hrib, Senate Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Pavel Fischer, and a number of other politicians. Also in tow will be Czech academics, businesspeople, cultural representatives, media, and the director of the Prague Philharmonic.

During their stay in Taipei, Vystrcil and other members of the group will meet with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮), Science and Technology Minister Wu Tsung-tsong (吳政忠), Culture Minister Li Yung-te (李永得), and Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-cheng (陳時中), according to the press release.

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