Taiwan respects US decision to cancel envoy trip

World | 13 Jan 2021 9:19 am

Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday it “understood and respected” a decision by the U.S. State Department to cancel a visit to the island by the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Kelly Craft, Reuters reports.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs regrets that the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft cannot lead a delegation to visit Taiwan from January 13 to 15 as scheduled, but welcomes Ambassador Craft to visit at an appropriate time in the future,” it said in a statement.

The planned visit was called off, Taiwan's representative to the U.S. Hsiao Bi-khim said Tuesday, CNA reported.

"We are expecting shortly a plan from the incoming administration identifying the career officials who will remain in positions of responsibility on an acting basis until the Senate confirmation process is complete for incoming officials," State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.

"As a result, we are cancelling all planned travel this week, including the Secretary's trip to Europe," she said.







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