A delegation of Polish parliamentarians arrived in Taiwan on Monday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taipei informed. During the visit, which will last until Friday, representatives of the Polish parliament will meet representatives of the Taiwanese government.
On Taiwan seven MPs arrived. Chairman of the Polish-Taiwanese Parliamentary Group Waldemar Andzel, Violetta Porowska, Jerzy Polaczek, Cezary Grabarczyk, Jarosław Krajewski, Dobromir Sośnierz and Agnieszka Soin.
According to information provided by the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, members of the delegation will attend a banquet organized by Foreign Minister Joseph Wu and will meet MPs from the Taiwan Legislative Yuan, representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Development Council and the Taiwanese Mainland Affairs Council, and visit key technology facilities , cultural, economic and political, including the Hsinchu Science Park, the Taiwan Semiconductor Research Institute and the Palace Museum.
According to the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “the delegation aims to gain a deeper insight into the development of Taiwan in various fields and to further promote parliamentary exchange and bilateral cooperation between Taiwan and Poland.” It was also emphasized that this year marks the 30th anniversary of the signing of the bilateral agreement on the establishment of representative offices in Taipei and Warsaw, which further raises the importance of the visit.
As the Taiwanese Ministry of Diplomacy added, “Mr. Andzel has worked tirelessly for years to develop relations between Taiwan and Poland.” “For his extraordinary contribution to strengthening bilateral ties, the MP will receive the Medal of Diplomatic Friendship from Minister Wu,” it said.
In July, the chairman of the Legislative Yuan You Si-kun stopped in Poland, where he met with Waldemar Andzel and invited him to Taiwan. MP Lin Ching-yi, president of the Taiwanese-Polish Interparliamentary Friendship Association, led the delegation during a June visit to Poland. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the delegation participated in meetings with members of the Sejm and Senate, as well as in the exchange of experiences regarding humanitarian aid for Ukraine.
In recent months, Taiwan has decided to transfer almost USD 10 million (approximately PLN 45 million) for humanitarian aid for Ukrainians in Poland, and has opened a special account to which Taiwanese citizens have paid almost USD 33 million (approximately PLN 148 million) for Ukraine. Poland, on the other hand, gave Taiwan over 400,000 doses of vaccines last year COVID-19.
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