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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist Arrival Statement

We are very pleased to visit Taiwan with a bipartisan delegation from the United States of America. This is an unusually large delegation - eight United States Senators. That's because we in the United States Senate fully understand the importance of keeping in close contact with our friends and allies in Asia.

I have not been to Taiwan before. So I am especially pleased to be here as the Senate Majority leader. I am honored to be here and I am honored to be leading such a distinguished group of Senators.

Let me introduce my colleagues to you, some of whom have been to Taiwan before and others who are coming here for the first time.

Over the course of our visit we will discuss a number of economic, security, and health issues that affect both the U.S. and Taiwan.

We are here to listen and to learn. We are here to celebrate your democracy and our long friendship.

Part of the purpose of our visit is to convey our gratitude to the people of Taiwan for their support of the International Coalition's effort to free the Iraqi people.

The ties between Taiwan and the United States rest on the solid foundation of democracy and open markets.

We believe Taiwan has much to offer the world. We look forward to meeting with our Taiwanese hosts and continuing a constructive exchange of views on issues of mutual concern.

Thank you.