Taipei, Legislative speaker Su Jia-chyuan (???) will lead a delegation to the United States to attend two memorial services for U.S. Senator John McCain on behalf of Taiwan's government, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced Thursday.
Departing Thursday from Taipei, the delegation is scheduled to attend two services for the long time friend and supporter of Taiwan to be held in Washington D.C., with Taiwan's top envoy to the U.S. Stanley Kao (???), MOFA said in a press release.
Su will attend the lying-in-state ceremony to be held at the U.S. Capitol on Aug. 31 and a national memorial service to take place at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., it noted. The delegation is scheduled to return to Taipei on September 3.
McCain passed away from brain cancer on Aug. 25 at the age of 81.
After hearing the news, President Tsai Ing-wen (???) expressed her deepest sympathy and condolences Sunday to the McCain family.
"I'll remember John McCain as a friend & a fighter. He never backed down from his beliefs & forever strived for a more peaceful & prosperous world. On behalf of the people of Taiwan, thank you," Tsai said in her tweet.
McCain was highly regarded and admired by many people in U.S. politics and he shared a deep bond with Taiwan, endorsing many bills in Congress as concrete actions to support Taiwan and defended democracy around the world, Tsai said in a press release.
For the people of Taiwan, Macain's death was "a great loss of an important friend of Taiwan" in the U.S., Tsai said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel