Taipei, Taiwan expressed condolences Thursday over the death of former two-term Haitian President Rene Preval, describing him as a "firm friend" of Taiwan.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that Preval died on March 3 at the age of 74 and that Taiwan's ambassador to Haiti Peter Hwang (???) has extended condolences to his family on behalf of President Tsai Ing-wen (???).
Deputy Foreign Minister Javier Ching-shan Hou (???) also paid a visit to the Caribbean country's embassy in Taiwan on Thursday to express condolences over Preval's death, the ministry said. Preval served two presidential terms, from 1996 to 2001 and from 2006 to 2011. His second term as president was marred by a devastating magnitude-7 earthquake that struck the country in January 2010, killing hundreds of thousands of people.
During his tenure as Haiti's president, he twice led delegations on visits to Taiwan, in 1998 and 2000, the ministry said.
After he stepped down, he still maintained good relations with Taiwan's diplomats stationed in Haiti, it said, describing him as a "firm friend" of Taiwan.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel