The governor of Abruzzo Province in Italy on Friday expressed his wish to strengthen relations between Abruzzo and Taiwan in a wide range of fields, including trade, economy and culture, and to boost mutual understanding and friendship between the two sides.
Octtaviano del Turco made the remarks while meeting with visiting Republic of China Representative to Italy Lin Ki-tseng (林基正) at his office.
Lin invited del Turco to visit Taiwan after the governor revealed that he had been interested in visiting Taiwan since his sister told him about her good impressions of the country after returning from a trip in 1991.
During the meeting, del Turco proposed visiting exchanges between Abruzzese and Taiwanese industrial and commercial groups to boost mutual understanding and cooperation. He described Abruzzo, located in central Italy, as a region with abundant natural resources and many international high-tech operations, including that set up by South Korea-based Samsung Electronics.
Del Turco has also invited Taiwan's liaison office in Italy to hold a photography exhibition featuring Taiwanese landscapes in L'Aquila, the capital of the province, from Sept. 22 to Oct. 31.
A total of 65 photos featuring natural and urban landscapes, tourist spots, cultural and folk festivals, as well as art activities in Taiwan will be on display in the exhibition to be held at the national Abruzzo Museum. Del Turco has promised to attend the opening of the show slated for Sept. 22.
Del Turco had served as a senator for two terms before being elected governor of Abruzzo in April.