President Tsai Ing-wen met with Klaus-Peter Willsch, chairman of the German Parliamentary Friendship Group this morning, and led a delegation of five vice-chairmen of the Taiwan Friendship Group from across parties.

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[Reporter Su Yongyao/Taipei Report] President Tsai Ing-wen met with Klaus-Peter Willsch, chairman of the German Parliamentary Friendship Group this morning, and led a delegation of five vice-chairmen of the cross-party Taiwan Friendship Group. The president said that in the face of climate change and the expansion of authoritarianism All democratic countries should unite and cooperate to defend the firm line of defense of the values ​​of democracy and freedom, continue to deepen cooperation in various fields, and jointly realize important values ​​such as justice, peace and ecological sustainability.

Tsai Ing-wen said that this is the first time since the outbreak of the global epidemic that a delegation from the German parliament has visited Taiwan, and it is particularly meaningful that members of Congress from different parties come to Taiwan.

Now all countries are gradually opening their borders, and I look forward to resuming exchanges and cooperation with many countries.

She mentioned that the Taiwan Friendship Group is one of the largest foreign friendship organizations in the German Parliament and an important force firmly supporting Taiwan.

This year, the German parliament for the first time approved Taiwan's participation in the World Health Assembly as an observer, and sent a letter to WHO Secretary-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, which was the first time that more than 100 German parliamentarians signed.

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President Tsai also said that in August this year, China attempted to disrupt the existing order through long-term military exercises.

Germany is the rotating presidency of the G7. Through the joint statement of foreign ministers, Germany once again expressed the importance of maintaining peace in the Taiwan Strait.

On behalf of all Taiwanese people, she expressed her deepest gratitude for Germany's firm support for Taiwan.

Tsai Ing-wen also said that Taiwan and Germany are not only important partners who share the values ​​of democracy and freedom, but also have deep cooperation in various fields.

In the past few years, a number of cooperation agreements have been signed, covering different fields such as energy transition, financial supervision, and transitional justice, which are very rich in content.

In recent years, the world situation has undergone many major changes, but we still face severe challenges such as climate change and the expansion of authoritarianism.

For this reason, all democratic countries should unite and cooperate to defend the firm line of defense of the values ​​of democracy and freedom, continue to deepen cooperation in various fields, and jointly realize important values ​​such as justice, peace and ecological sustainability.

Today, October 3, coincides with Germany's National Day. President Tsai also congratulated Germany and wished the friendship between Taiwan and Germany will last forever.

The German cross-party delegation arrived in Taiwan yesterday and will start a five-day visit until October 6.

This is the fifth visit to Taiwan by Chairman Welsch. It is also the second visit to Taiwan from Germany after 2019. The members also include: Katrin Budde and Dr. Till Steffen of the German Parliamentary Friendship Group. , Frank Schäffler, Dr. Rainer Kraft, Caren Lay, etc.

Presidential Palace In order to express their sincere welcome, President Tsai and Vice President Lai Qingde also received the delegation in the Presidential Palace this morning.