Hundreds of foreign dignitaries to attend National Day festivities

2017/10/09 19:01:49
CNA file photo

CNA file photo

Taipei, Oct. 9 (CNA) Hundreds of foreign dignitaries, including the prime minister of Tuvalu and vice president of Honduras, will take part in Tuesday's festivities to celebrate the Republic of China's 106th anniversary, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Monday.

Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sosene Sopoaga, Honduran Second Vice President Ana Rossana Guevara Pinto and Paraguay's Supreme Court head Luis Maria Benitez Riera, are among the guests, MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) told CNA.

St. Lucia Senate President Andy Daniel, St. Lucia House Speaker Leonne Theodore-John, Swaziland Home Affairs Minister Tsandzile Dlamini are also visiting the country for the annual celebrations, he said.

As in previous years, the Japanese delegation is the largest national delegation taking part in the Double Ten Day celebrations.

The 170-member delegation will be led by two former government ministers -- Tokuichiro Tamazawa, an ex-agriculture, forestry and fisheries minister, and Kazuo Aichi, a former defense and environmental minister -- according to Lee.

Japan-ROC Diet Members' Consultative Council chief Hashimoto Yasuo is also part of the delegation.

The U.S. delegation, meanwhile, will be led by Raymond Burghardt, former chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), and Derek Mitchell, a former U.S. ambassador to Myanmar, he said.

(By Joseph Yeh)
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