Vice President elect Lai to attend U.S. National Prayer Breakfast

Taipei, Feb. 3 (CNA) Vice President elect Lai Ching te (???) departed Taiwan on Sunday for the United States to attend the National Prayer Breakfast, an annual gathering of political and religious leaders in Washington, D.C.

The high profile event, which is organized by the U.S. based Christian organization The Fellowship, is scheduled for Feb. 5 6 this year, and U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to attend.

In a statement issued Monday, Lai's office said he is attending the National Prayer Breakfast in an individual capacity and will return to Taiwan on Feb. 9.

During the trip, his office said, Lai will meet with members of think tanks and overseas Taiwanese organizations and make a brief stop in New York.

Lai will also use the opportunity to thank political figures in the U.S. for voicing their support for Taiwan to join the World Health Organization, according to his office.

Former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator Hsiao Bi khim (???) is accompanying Lai on the trip.

Ambassadors of various countries are typically invited to the annual event. Taiwan officials who have attended in the past include the country's current representative to the U.S. Stanley Kao (???), former representative to the U.S. King Pu tsung (???) and former Premier Frank Hsieh (???).

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel