International dignitaries arrive in Taiwan for President Lai Ching-te’s inauguration

As Taiwan prepares for President Lai Ching-te’s inauguration, a diverse array of international dignitaries, including heads of state and government officials, are set to attend, reaffirming global support for Taiwan’s democratic transition.

Taiwan is gearing up to welcome a substantial contingent of foreign dignitaries for the inauguration of President Lai Ching-te and Vice President Hsiao Bi-khim on May 20, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

A total of 51 foreign delegations comprising 508 members are expected to grace the momentous occasion, underscoring the significance of Taiwan’s democratic transition. Since the January 13 elections, Taiwan has already received 22 groups, totalling 179 members, who have visited to convey their felicitations to the incoming leadership.

Notably, eight of Taiwan’s 12 diplomatic allies are sending their head of state or heads of government, reaffirming their steadfast support for Taiwan on the global stage. Among the distinguished guests are King Mswati III of Eswatini, President Santiago Pena Palacios of Paraguay, and President Hilda Heine of the Marshall Islands.

Prime Ministers John Briceno of Belize, Philip Pierre of Saint Lucia, Ralph Gonsalves of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Feleti Penitala Teo of Tuvalu will also grace the inauguration ceremony, adding further gravitas to the event.

MOFA disclosed that Deputy Prime Minister Geoffrey Hanley of Saint Christopher and Nevis, as well as Foreign Minister Carlos Ramiro Martinez of Guatemala, are among the high-profile attendees. Furthermore, the Vatican is slated to dispatch a special envoy to mark the occasion.

The United States, Canada, and Singapore are sending delegations, while representatives from the European Union, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and Australia are expected to attend.

The foreign dignitaries will be treated to a series of events, including a dinner and welcome reception on the eve of the inauguration, followed by the official ceremonies on May 20 and an official banquet in Tainan City later in the day.