By: Matt You and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, July 27 (CNA) Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) on Monday presented the Order of Brilliant Star with Violet Grand Cordon to Sven Håkan Oskar Jevrell, the outgoing head of the Swedish Trade and Invest Council in Taipei, in honor of his efforts and contributions to promoting bilateral relations between the two countries.
Praising Jevrell as "Taiwan's real friend," Wu conferred the medal on Jevrell on behalf of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) at a ceremony in Taipei, according to a statement issued later that day by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Jevrell has actively promoted bilateral exchanges between Taiwan and Sweden during his two-year tenure as the Swedish top representative in Taiwan, Wu said, adding that he has achieved a lot in this area.
For instance, Jevrell helped Sweden become the first European country to join the Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF) between Taiwan, the United States and Japan to work with Taiwan and other like-minded partners to facilitate international cooperation and support its international participation, Wu said, adding that he believed based on the foundation he laid, Taiwan-Sweden bilateral relations will continue to grow. [FULL STORY]