The Presidential Office has announced that a delegation led by Vice President William Lai will travel to Honduras to attend the inauguration of President-elect Xiomara Castro on Jan. 27. Disease prevention measures will be strictly followed during the six-day, five-night trip.
The inauguration of Honduran President-elect Xiomara Castro will take place on Jan. 27. The Presidential Office has announced that a delegation led by Vice President William Lai will travel to the diplomatic ally to attend the inauguration. This will be Lai's first official trip since taking office. Other people in the 26-member delegation are Presidential Office Deputy Secretary-General Lee Chun-yi, Vice Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Yui, and Representative to the US Hsiao Bi-khim. The deputy superintendent of Taoyuan General Hospital will accompany the delegation to oversee disease prevention measures. President Tsai Ing-wen has given Lai and the others three missions to accomplish.
Xavier Chang, Spokesperson, Presidential Office: “This special diplomatic mission will also represent Taiwan walking into the world. President Tsai not only hopes that the two countries will be able to continue assisting each other and jointly promote development in the future, but also expects that countries such as Taiwan and Honduras with similar ideologies will continue to collaborate to make significant contributions to all types of issues that are important to the world.”
The Presidential Office stressed that the delegation will follow the three disease prevention measures of taking chartered flights, testing, and quarantining. Lai will isolate at his Tainan residence for 14 days after returning. This trip is six days and five nights long. The delegation will depart on Jan. 25, arrive in Honduras on Jan. 27 to attend the inauguration, and return to Taiwan on Jan. 30. It remains unknown whether a transit stop will be made in the US.
Alexander Yui, Vice Foreign Affairs Minister: “With regards to transit arrangements, we are currently negotiating related and relevant administration and details with the government of the transit point. ”
The Presidential Office has not disclosed any information about where the transit point will be, and there are rumors that it will be Los Angeles and overseas compatriots in the city are discussing whether to organize a banquet. The US has announced that Vice President Kamala Harris will attend the inauguration, and Taiwan is hoping that Lai will get a chance to meet her.