French senators to arrive in Taiwan Wednesday for 5-day visit: MOFA

A delegation of French senators led by Alain Richard, head of the French Senate's Taiwan Friendship Group, will arrive in Taiwan on Wednesday on a five-day visit, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced on Tuesday.

Other members of the delegation include Max Brisson and Else Joseph, both vice presidents of the friendship group, the group's secretary Judith Bout, and Olivier Cadic, vice president of the Senate's Foreign Affairs, Defense and Armed Forces Committee, according to a MOFA press release.

During its stay in Taiwan, the delegation will meet President Tsai Ing-wen (???), Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (???) and a number of senior officials in the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Health and Welfare and Mainland Affairs Council.

They will also visit a cultural park in Keelung, it said.

The delegation's itinerary in the country will adhere to the nation's COVID-19 pandemic measures, the ministry added without explaining why the French politicians will apparently not be subject to Taiwan's standard 14-day quarantine rule for all arrivals in the country.

The delegation will depart Taiwan on Oct. 10, according to MOFA.

Calling Richard a long-term supporter of Taiwan, MOFA said the former French defense minister from 1997-2002 has twice visited the country in 2015 and 2018.

A promoter of Taiwan-France exchanges, Richard is also the initiator of a resolution adopted by the French Senate in May supporting Taiwan's international participation, MOFA said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel