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Remarks by Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu at the 2024 Holi celebration hosted by the India-Taipei Association

  • Data Source:Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs
  • Date:2024-03-17

Jaushieh Joseph Wu

 Minister of Foreign Affairs 

 Republic of China (Taiwan)

 March 17, 2024

 (As Prepared for Delivery)

Ladies and gentlemen:

Namaste and warm greetings!

On behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I would like to thank my good friend Director General Yadav for inviting me to join the very first Holi celebration in Taipei, showcasing India’s rich culture and marking the arrival of spring. 

I am especially fond of India and always keen to make new Indian friends. I have thoroughly enjoyed the many events organized by the India-Taipei Association, including the Diwali celebrations and the reception for India’s Republic Day. So when my colleagues showed me a picture of Indian Minister of External Affairs Jaishankar at a Holi celebration, I could not wait to participate. I hope to become as colorful as he was!

Taiwan and India are both vibrant and resilient democracies. Our shared values are the bedrock of our strong friendship. MOFA is delighted that ever more Indian students and professionals are coming to Taiwan. We will continue to work with the India-Taipei Association and the Indian community in Taiwan to further commercial, educational, and cultural exchanges.

In closing, I thank you for your long-standing support and contributions to bolstering our bilateral partnership. Today’s Holi celebration is yet another opportunity to foster mutual understanding, and I look forward to partaking in the music, dancing, and delicacies with you all. In Mandarin, the word houli (厚禮) means “abundant gifts”, while in Taiwanese it (予你) means “giving to you”. So may you all enjoy abundant gifts and the best that life has to offer. Happy Holi! Dhanya-vaad! Thank you!