By: Hsieh Chia-chen and Romulo Huang
Taipei, Sept. 15 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) decorated the speaker of Paraguay’s lower house, Hugo A. Velazquez, with the Order of the Brilliant Star with Special Grand Cordon Tuesday in Taipei for his remarkable contributions to cementing the friendship and cooperation between the two nations.
Leading an eight-member parliamentary delegation, Velazquez arrived in Taipei Sept. 13 for a five-day visit.
After receiving the medal, Velazquez said that he felt greatly honored to be decorated and assured Ma that he will continue to do his best to further bilateral ties.
During their stay in Taiwan, Velazquez and the members of his delegation will also meet with Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) and other high-ranking government officials, as well as visit various economic and cultural facilities. [FULL STORY]