Taiwan's foreign ministry on Friday held a New Year countdown party for foreign diplomats posted in the country to jointly welcome 2022 by watching the iconic fireworks display at Taipei 101.
In the event held at the ministry's Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs in downtown Taipei, ambassadors, representatives and diplomats from 11 countries gathered for the countdown party hosted by Deputy Foreign Minister Tien Chung-kwang (???).
They also watched the iconic fireworks show at Taipei's world renowned skyscraper from the institute's office located on Dunhua South Road, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said in a press release.
In his address at the party, Tien thanked all the countries for showing support to Taiwan in the international arena over the past year.
He said the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that swept across the world has brought challenges to all but also shown the "virtuous cycle" between different countries in jointly combating the coronavirus disease.
Tien expressed wishes that the COVID-19 pandemic will end soon so that people-to-people exchanges will resume between Taiwan and the countries.
The party was joined by Tuvalu Ambassador to Taiwan Limasene Teatu, the Marshall Islands Ambassador Neijon Rema Edwards, and Singapore's top representative to Taiwan, Yip Wei Kiat (???).
India, Papua New Guinea, and Vietnam's top envoys to Taiwan, Budi Santoso, Tommy Kambu Kunji and Vu Tien Dung, respectively, Indian's deputy representative Prasant Tripathi, as well as officials from Nauru, Japan, South Korea and Thailand, also participated in the event.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel