捷克議長口罩與眾不同 外交部:是台灣捐贈的 | MOFA responds to speculation on Czech Senate speaker’s face mask

The omission of the Taiwan flag on Czech Senate speaker Miloš Vystrčil’s face mask sparked discussions on the internet. (Photo courtesy of CNA)

【看CP學英文】針對網友質疑捷克參議院議長韋德齊(Miloš Vystrčil)的口罩僅有捷克國旗此事,外交部於週日下午表示,韋德齊是疫情嚴峻時由台灣捐贈,象徵患難見真情。

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA, 外交部) responded on Sunday to netizens questions regarding the absence of the Taiwan flag on Czech Senate Speaker Miloš Vystrčil’s face mask on Sunday, claiming that Vystrčil’s mask was actually a donation from Taiwan and represents the friendly ties between the two nations.

韋德齊接受立法院長游錫堃邀請,率訪問團來台,其所搭乘的華航包機於週日上午11時,抵達桃園機場。由於訪團配戴的口罩上均印有台灣、捷克的國旗,但韋德齊的口罩上僅有捷克國旗,引起討論。

Having earlier accepted an invitation from the president of the Legislative Yuan, You Si-kun, a delegation from the Czech Republic, headed by Vystrčil, arrived in Taiwan on Sunday.

While most members of the team wore face masks decorated with Czech and Taiwan’s flags, Vystrčil was sported a face mask featuring a Czech flag only, leading many to speculate the reason behind the exclusion of the Taiwan flag. 

Czech Senate Speaker Miloš Vystrčil is welcomed by Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu. (CNA)
Vystrčil sports a face mask with only the national flag of the Czech Republic. (CNA)

外交部傍晚發出新聞稿表示,韋德齊與訪團成員抵達桃園機場時,全團均在胸口配有特別設計的台捷徽章,象徵台灣與捷克的友好情誼。韋德齊也特別說明,對於台灣於今年4月疫情最嚴峻時,捐贈口罩予捷克一事感念在心,所以特別在台灣捐贈的口罩上自行印製捷克國旗,表達感謝之意。

To this, the MOFA released a statement later that day explaining that the participants in the Czech delegation received specially-designed Taiwan-Czech badges to represent the goodwill between the two regions.

In this regard, Vystrčil especially pointed out Taiwan’s generosity during the worst times of the pandemic in April; therefore,  the Czech flag was printed on his MIT face mask to express his thanks, MOFA added.

Vystrčil wearing a MIT face mask. (Photo courtesy of Vystrčil/Facebook)

外交部也表示,韋德齊夫人及其他團員則戴上台灣精心準備的台捷國旗口罩;韋德齊也透過翻譯人員表示,他自己佩戴的口罩,就是為了抵抗新冠肺炎的疫情,且是由台灣政府所捐贈。

MOFA also said that as the face masks worn by the rest of the delegation were provided by Taiwan, both country’s flags were printed on them.

Chinese-language media also reported that Vystrčil explained via his translator that the face mask he wore was a donation from the Taiwanese government.