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Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu and Legislative Speaker You Si-kun stand outside a fundraising booth at the Europe Day opening ceremony in Tai… (CNA photo)
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese leaders and EU officials showed support for Ukraine at the opening ceremony of the annual Europe Festival at Taipei’s Huashan 1914 Creative Park at noon Saturday (May 7).
Legislative Speaker You Si-kun (游錫堃) and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) joined European Economic and Trade Office head Filip Grzegorzewski in kicking off the two-day event, organized by the European Economic and Trade Office. This year’s festival placed a focus on showing solidarity with Ukraine and featured a fundraising drive as well as Ukrainian delicacies, handicrafts, and other cultural activities, per a CNA report.
A special “Stand for Ukraine” booth was set up so festival-goers could donate directly to aid the millions of Ukrainians who have been displaced by Russia’s invasion in recent months. All proceeds will go directly to a humanitarian fund established by the United Nations.
Besides Ukrainian cuisine, the event also had food and drink stalls representing other European countries such as Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic, Belgium, France, Hungary, Luxembourg, and Denmark.
Grzegorzewski said he was glad the event could be held in line with the relevant pandemic guidelines, even amid Taiwan's Omicron outbreak. He said it is promising to see the country moving forward with the international community in learning to coexist with the pandemic.
Grzegorzewski added that he looks forward to the day the country’s travel restrictions are eventually lifted, as many Europeans cannot wait to visit Taiwan.
Wu said the friendship between the EU and Taiwan has overcome the barriers of the pandemic over the past year and reached a new high point. He thanked the EU for showing its support for Taiwan by sending a delegation to the country. This, he maintained, shows the importance European countries have placed on maintaining the stability of the Taiwan Strait.
Updated : 2022-05-09 02:28 GMT+08:00
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