President plans trip to Africa in April: source

Taipei, President Tsai Ing-wen (???) is expected to visit the Kingdom of Swaziland at some time in mid or late April, according to a source in the Presidential Office.

It would be Tsai's first trip to Africa since she took office in May 2016, the source said on condition of anonymity, adding that the office is expected to formally announce the trip in a week.

The visit will come in a year that marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Taiwan and Swaziland. The two countries set up formal ties in September 1968.

The office is also evaluating if Tsai will also make a stop in Burkina Faso in addition to the planned visit to Swaziland.

Early this month, al Qaeda-linked extremists launched simultaneous attacks on the army headquarters and heavily-guarded French Embassy in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, leading to several deaths, according to foreign wire reports.

Burkina Faso and Swaziland are the only two African countries that maintain diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel