The head of a Taiwan friendship group in the Lithuania parliament said this week that he and several other lawmakers will be pleased to visit Taiwan in early December, in response to an invitation from a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator.
"I will be happy to visit Taiwan with some of my colleagues in the first half of December this year, hoping that our meeting will contribute to promoting partnership between our two countries," Lithuanian lawmaker Matas Maldeikis wrote in a letter addressed to DPP Legislator Chiu Chih-wei (???).
In the letter, Maldeikis also said the opening of the Lithuanian trade office in Taipei was just a first step in strengthening the relationship between the two countries.
This "undoubtedly is useful to our respective countries, both economically and politically," said Maldeikis, chairman of the Lithuanian Parliamentary Group for Relations with Taiwan.
Despite the many differences, Taiwan and Lithuania share similar historical challenges and common values, Maldeikis said.
"I am deeply persuaded that like-minded countries must join forces to promote freedom, democracy and rules-based international order and thus resist the authoritarian advance in today's world," he said, thanking Chiu for the invitation to visit Taiwan.
Chiu, who heads the Baltic states friendship group in Taiwan's Legislature, said on Aug. 23 that he had invited several Lithuanian parliamentarians, including the speaker, to visit Taiwan when the COVID-19 pandemic eases.
Commenting on Maldeikis' response, Chiu said Saturday that he looks forward to the strengthening of relations between the two countries.
On the question of whether a special travel bubble would be created to facilitate the Lithuanian lawmakers' visit, Chiu said such details had not yet been worked out, as they would have to be approved by the Central Epidemic Command Center.
Taiwan's borders have been closed to non-residents since last year, with few exceptions, as part of its COVID-19 control and prevention measures.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel