President thanks departing pro-Taiwan U.S. congressman via phone call

Taipei,  President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) called American Congressman Eliot Engel, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, on Monday to thank him for his longstanding support of pro-Taiwan bills and for speaking up for democratic Taiwan.

Engel, who was defeated in New York’s Democratic congressional primary in July, will see his term end on Jan. 3, 2021.

Tsai said during the 10-minute call that she remembered the warm welcome she received from Engel when she made a stopover in New York during a visit to four Caribbean diplomatic allies in July 2019, according to Presidential Office spokesman Xavier Chang (張惇涵).

Tsai also thanked Engel on behalf of Taiwan’s government and the people for his staunch support for Taiwan.

Although Engel’s term will end soon, Tsai told him she believed the deep friendship between Taiwan and the United States will be unwavering, given the shared values of democracy, human rights, freedom between the two countries, something Engel himself has said in the past.

The president noted that Engel has visited Taiwan three times and said he is welcome to visit Taiwan again after the COVID-19 pandemic eases, Chang said in relaying their conversation.


Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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