Taiwan’s legislative speaker welcomes Dalai Lama’s visit

Taiwan's Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (???) has expressed his warm welcome for the Dalai Lama to deliver a speech at the Legislative Yuan, saying he welcomes anyone who will fight for democracy and freedom.

"The Legislative Yuan very much welcomes those who facilitate the promotion of democracy and freedom," said Su Tuesday, when asked about a lawmaker's invitation for the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader to visit Taiwan and deliver a speech at the Legislature.

He said the Legislature is a place of democracy and a forum for public opinion. Therefore, it welcomes anyone in the world who is willing to fight for democracy and freedom, he noted.

Opposition New Power Party Legislator Freddy Lim (???) extended the invitation during his visit to the Dalai Lama in Dharamshala, India on Sept. 5 along with his colleague from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, Kolas Yotaka.

Lim publicized the visit and the invitation Monday, and said the spiritual leader had replied that he is very glad to visit Taiwan again.

The Dalai Lama's last trip to Taiwan was in 2009, when he came to the country to pray for survivors and victims of the deadly Typhoon Morakot.

The administrative branch of the Taiwan government has not made any comment on Lim's invitation.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel