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MAJURO, Marshall Islands (Yokwe, Dec. 16) – Marshall Islands President Kessai Note, in his third visit to Taiwan since 2002, is receiving a grand State treatment this week.

The Taiwan Foreign Affairs Ministry called Note's visit a landmark in Taiwan-Marshall relations.

Since his arrival on December 13 at Chiang Kai-shek International Airport, President Note has been hosted and toasted by high-ranking officials.

Note was entertained Tuesday evening at a dinner party given by Minister of Foreign Affairs Tan Sun Chen at the Grand Hyatt Taipei.

On Thursday, Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian is scheduled to accompany Note on a visit to the National Museum of Prehistory in Taitung, in eastern Taiwan. In the evening, Chen will host a state banquet for his Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) counterpart at Naruwan Hotel in Taitung. >>more>>

Note will meet with the President to exchange views on the international situation and cooperation between the two countries, reported the Central News Agency.

The five-day visit, at the invitation of the Republic of China (ROC) president, will include meetings with other senior government officials. The Marshall Islands President and the First Lady Mary Note will also be visiting cultural and economic establishments, said MOFA.

The first diplomatic visit by President Note was in May of 2002. This year, Note attended Chen's inauguration.

"President Note's third visit to Taiwan is a landmark in Taiwan-Marshall Islands relations and contains historical meaning," the Ministry said.

The RM' President will depart Taiwan December 18, returning to the Marshalls the following Tuesday.

December 17, 2004


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