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Foreign Minister Njie, others attend ROC President’s inauguration

May 21, 2012, 2:43 PM

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad, Mambury Njie, is leading a Gambia government delegation to the Republic of China (Taiwan) to attend the inauguration of President Ma Ying-jeou.

To celebrate the inauguration of the 13th-term president and vice president of the Republic of China (Taiwan), Taiwan’s four African allies are sending delegations to the occasion from 17 to 24 May 2012.

With 36 members in total, the Burkina Faso delegation is being led by Prime Minister Luc-Adolphe Tiao while Prime Minister Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini of Swaziland and Prime Minister Patrice Trovoada of Sao Tome and Principe also led their respective delegations.

Besides the inauguration ceremony and state banquet, the delegations will attend a welcome reception hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and will call on President Ma Ying-jeou. They will also travel to central and southern Taiwan to visit sites of cultural and economic interest, to witness developments in freedom and democracy in Taiwan, and to experience the hospitality of the people.

President Ma recently went on state visits to Burkina Faso, The Gambia and Swaziland in April this year, which achieved the goal of deepening diplomatic ties and strengthening bilateral cooperation between the ROC and these countries. That these African allies are sending such high-level delegations to celebrate President Ma’s inauguration for a second term bears testimony to the solid and cordial relations that Taiwan and these nations enjoy.