Sao Tome’s president invited to Africa-Taiwan summit

12 July 2007

Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe, 12 July – Taiwan will officially invite President Fradique de Menezes of Sao Tome to the Africa-Taiwan summit scheduled for September, media in the islands reported.

STP-Press cited official sources Wednesday as saying the invitation will be delivered by Taiwan’s foreign minister, James Huang, who begins an official visit to Sao Tome the same day.

The Taiwan summit is due to take place in the second week of September and invites are being sent to 53 African states.

Taiwan’s foreign minister has other stops in Burkina Faso, Swaziland, Gambia and Malawi during his Africa tour. These states remain closely allied to Taiwan in its dispute with mainland China.

STP-Press also said Huang will meet President de Menezes and parliamentary speaker Eugenio Tiny during his brief stop in Sao Tome. Talks will center on IT, health and sustainable development.

Taiwan’s foreign minister visited the Gambia, meeting President Yahya Jammeh, before arriving in Sao Tome. (macauhub)