Hospitalized Taiwan ambassador to eSwatini recovering

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Hospitalized Taiwan ambassador to eSwatini recovering

Taipei, July 10 (CNA) Taiwan's ambassador to eSwatini, who has been hospitalized since he was found seriously ill in his office on June 22, is gradually recovering, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokesman said Tuesday.

MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) said Ambassador Thomas Chen (陳經銓) has made significant progress and is now able to interact with people.

Chen was previously transferred to a hospital in South Africa for further treatment, but he was sent back to an eSwatini hospital on June 29, Lee said.

Taiwan's medical mission in eSwatini is taking care of Chen in the hospital.

King Mswati III, President Tsai Ing-wen ((蔡英文)and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) have all expressed their concern for Chen's health to the embassy and wished him a swift recovery, Lee said.

Lee did not disclose the nature of Chen's illness, saying only that he fell ill because he was too busy over the past few months arranging Tsai's state visit to eSwatini in April and a visit by King Mswati III to Taiwan in June.

Local media pundit Clara Chou (周玉蔻) reported that Chen suffered a stroke.

(By Joseph Yeh)
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