Vice president of Italian Senate arrives in Taiwan for high-level visit

  • Vice president of the upper house of the Italian parliament Gian Marco Centinaio arrived in Taiwan on 14 Jun for a six-day trip, marking the highest-level Italian parliamentary visit to Taiwan since 1970, according to Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).
  • Centinaio and his delegation will meet with President Tsai Ing-wen, Legislative Speaker You Si-kun, Health Minister Hsueh Jui-yuan, and head of the Council of Agriculture (COA) Chen Chi-chung during the visit from 14 to 19 Jun, the ministry said in a press release on 14 Jun.
  • The three-person delegation will also meet with Deputy Economics Minister Chen Chern-chyi and Tainan Mayor Huang Wei-che of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, as well as attend a banquet hosted by Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, the release said.
  • Centinaio’s arrival represents the highest-level visit by an Italian parliamentarian since the Republic of China, Taiwan’s official name, severed diplomatic relations with Italy in 1970, according to the ministry.
  • The delegation aims to gain a deeper understanding of Taiwan and explore opportunities for bilateral collaboration in the fields of politics, trade, technology, and culture among others, the ministry said.

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