Tsai welcomes Czech visitors on Facebook

Czech Senate President Miloš Vystrčil (center) arrives at a hotel in Taipei. CNA photo Aug. 30, 2020

TAIPEI (CNA) — President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Sunday welcomed a visiting delegation from the Czech Republic, headed by Senate speaker Miloš Vystrčil, and said she looked forward to deepening cooperation with the European country.

Tsai welcomed the 89-member delegation in a Facebook post after it arrived in Taipei earlier Sunday.

The group, which includes eight senators and Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib, will be in Taiwan until Sept. 4.

The president expressed the hope that the two countries will continue efforts to deepen cooperation on issues related to epidemic control, trade and investment, tourism and travel, and international participation.

She looked forward over the next few days to “comprehensive exchanges” with the visiting Czech delegation, which also includes representatives of the country’s business, scientific and cultural sectors, she wrote.

During his stay, Vystrčil will meet with Tsai and other top officials. He is also scheduled to deliver speeches at the Legislative Yuan and National Chengchi University in Taipei.

Vystrčil will receive a Congressional Diplomacy Honorary Medal from the Legislature on Tuesday, making him the first legislative head from a country with which Taiwan has no diplomatic relations to receive the honor since it was created in 2007.

Some members of the delegation will attend a Taiwan-Czech Republic economic, trade and investment forum scheduled for Monday in Taipei that will focus on artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, the green economy, and innovation, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs.