For Immediate Release
Washington DC – August 7, 2020
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Joint Taiwanese American Organizations Urge President Trump to Invite Highest Level Delegation from Taiwan to Washington DC during Azar’s Taiwan Visit
On August 7, the presidents of three Taiwanese-American organizations, the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA), the North American Taiwanese Medical Association (NATMA), and the North America Taiwanese Professors’ Association (NATPA) sent a joint letter to President Trump in light of the upcoming groundbreaking trip of HHS Secretary Alex Azar to Taiwan.
They write: “We hereby express the hope that […] you will instruct Secretary Azar to invite a delegation of the highest level from Taiwan to visit Washington DC during his trip.”
They conclude: “Such a reciprocal visit would illustrate the close friendship between both our countries; a relationship that currently is the closest and best ever.“
Secretary Azar’s trip is the highest-level visit by an American Cabinet official since the break in formal diplomatic relations between Washington and Taipei in 1979 and will include a meeting with Taiwan’s president – Dr. Tsai Ing-wen.
FAPA President Minze Chien adds: “It is gratifying to see that the outlandish restrictions on high-level visits to and from Taiwan that the Taiwan Travel Act seeks to lift are gradually coming to an end. Secretary Azar inviting the highest level Taiwan officials to Washington DC will be another essential and logical next step to further lift the US self-imposed restrictions.”