In recognition of the leadership provided by Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, MP, during his time as Minister of Home Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has invited the Prince to visit Taipei from 18 to 24 May 2016.
Accompanied by a delegation from the IFP, including the Chief Whip and Treasurer General, the Hon. Mr Narend Singh MP, and the National Chairperson of the IFP Youth Brigade, the Hon. Mr Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP, Prince Buthelezi will attend the presidential inauguration of Dr Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei, on Friday, 20 May.
Said the Hon. Mr Singh, “The IFP’s President, Prince Buthelezi, was instrumental in maintaining good relations between South Africa and Taiwan when President Mandela announced the withdrawal of diplomatic recognition of the Republic of China. South Africa benefits from trade, investment and tourism from Taiwan, yet Government felt it acceptable to take with one hand and close the door with the other. As a leader of principle and integrity, Prince Buthelezi reached out as Minister of Home Affairs and kept good relations.”
The Government of the Republic of China has expressed appreciation for Prince Buthelezi’s friendship. An intensive programme of visits has been arranged, from meetings with the incoming President, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and various government leaders, to meetings with key trade partners.
Prince Buthelezi will visit the Legislative Yuan (National Assembly), and renew his friendship with the former Vice President Ms Annette Lu.
His presence at the inauguration of the 14th President of Taiwan will signify his ongoing commitment to good relations with Taiwan. Said Mr Singh, “South Africa has much to learn from Taiwan. It is an economic powerhouse, despite having few natural resources, and it enjoys a stable democracy. The IFP has great respect for what they have achieved.”
The Hon. Mr Narend Singh, MP
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