Taipei-President Tsai Ing-wen (???) will make stopovers in the United States on her trip to the Caribbean later this month to visit Taiwan's diplomatic allies in that region, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Monday.
"Arrangements are being made by the U.S., in keeping with the principles of security, dignity, convenience and comfort," Vice Foreign Minister Miguel Li-jey Tsao (???) said.
Tsao, however, did not name the U.S. cities in which Tsai will transit on her trip to and from Haiti, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, and St. Christopher and Nevis.
"In line with a tacit agreement between Taiwan and the U.S, the American cities in which Tsai will make her stopovers will be publicized at a later date," he said.
According the Associated Press, however, Tsai will transit in New York and Denver.
The president is scheduled to arrive in the U.S. on July 11 (local time) and stay for two nights before departing for Haiti July 13. She will fly to St. Christopher and Nevis on the night of July 13 and stay until July 16.
She will visit St. Vincent and the Grenadines July 16-17, and St. Lucia July 17-19, before embarking on the return leg of her trip, which will include a stopover in the U.S. for two nights.
Tsai is scheduled to return to Taiwan July 22.
It will be Tsai's first visit to Taiwan's Caribbean allies since she took office in May 2016 and it comes ahead of her reelection bid next January.
According to Tsao, Tsai will meet and hold discussions with Haitian President Jovenel MoA�se, St. Christopher and Nevis Governor-General S.W. Tapley Seaton and Prime Minister Timothy Harris, St. Vincent Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, and St. Lucia Governor-General Emmanuel Neville Cenace and Prime Minister Allen Michael Chastanet on issues of mutual concern.
In St. Christopher and Nevis, Seaton will confer a state medal on Tsai in recognition of her contribution to bilateral ties, and Tsai will address the country's parliament.
On the tour, her entourage will include National Security Council Secretary-General David Lee (???), Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (???), Overseas Community Affairs Council chief Wu Hsin-hsing (???) and lawmakers and business representatives.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel