Taiwan’s premier plans to visit Burkina Faso soon


OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — Taiwan’s Premier Wu Den-yih will arrive in Burkina Faso soon to attend a ceremony marking the inauguration of President Blaise Compaore for a new term, Taiwanese diplomats stationed in the West African country said yesterday.

Wu will attend the ceremony scheduled for Dec. 19 on behalf of President Ma Ying-jeou, the officials said.

Wu’s visit has drawn the attention of the Burkina Faso diplomatic community because he will be Taiwan’s first premier to visit since the two countries resumed diplomatic ties in 1994, according to the officials.

His visit, as well as a visit by Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu in August this year for the country’s 50th independence anniversary, show that Ma attaches importance to ties with Burkina Faso, the officials said.

According to Taipei sources, Wu will start his trip Saturday and is scheduled to return home Dec. 25.

Burkina Faso is one of the 23 countries that maintain diplomatic ties with Taiwan.