Fri, Mar 15, 2002 - Page 3 News List

Chad president wraps up four-day visit to Taiwan

JOINT COMMUNIQUE Idriss Deby sought to attract Taiwanese investors to his African nation as he inked a deal with Taiwan to improve bilateral cooperation

By Monique Chu  /  STAFF REPORTER , WITH AGENCIES

Amid drizzle, Chad President Idriss Deby received a farewell salute at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, marking the completion of his four-day state visit.

Deby and President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) signed a joint communique at the Presidential Office yesterday afternoon, vowing to strengthen bilateral cooperation, according to a press release from the Presidential Office.

Deby and his 26-member entourage will wind up their visit to Taiwan today.

Prior to the signing of the communique, Chen shared his joy with his counterpart from Chad over his daughter's pregnancy and the timely rainfall that reached the nation yesterday after a long drought, according to the statement.

"President Chen told President Deby that his daughter, during a prenatal examination yesterday [Wednesday], has already heard the heartbeat of the embryo, and that he was thrilled as we got some rain today after a long drought," the statement said.

"He [Chen] expressed his gratitude for Deby's visit that has brought the timely rainfall."

In the joint communique, Chen promised to assist the development of small and medium-sized enterprises in Chad in response to wishes expressed by Deby during his second visit to Taiwan.

During a lunch banquet hosted by the local business community yesterday, Deby urged Taiwanese investors to establish a presence in his country. He said that Taiwanese investors who invest in Chad will be given 4km2 of land for free.

During the delegation's four-day visit, Minister of Foreign Affairs Eugene Chien (簡又新) awarded an Order of Brilliant Star to his Chad counterpart Mahamat Saleh Annadif to honor Annadif's contribution to bilateral ties.

Deby also visited cultural and economic establishments in Chiayi County during his brief trip.

Chen visited Chad in August 2000 at which time a road was named after him in Chad's capital N'Djamena.

Taiwan resumed diplomatic relations with Chad on Aug. 12, 1997.

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