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German envoy Zickerick sad to leave Taiwan after 3 years

TAIPEI -- Germany's envoy to Taiwan expressed sorrow Thursday over his imminent departure, saying that he looks forward to coming back again soon.

“Although we love our Bavarian home that is waiting for us, still my wife and I feel sad to leave this beautiful Taiwan, with all its friendly people, magnificent nature, modern infrastructure and diverse society,” said Michael Zickerick, director-general of the German Institute Taipei.

The German envoy said at a farewell party in Taipei that Taiwan has given him three years of high-quality living and he noted that during his term here, the two countries signed a double-taxation avoidance agreement and a pact that allows the transfer of each other's nationals who have been sentenced to jail.

“We would like to thank all our friends and partners for their gracious support and kind sympathy,” he said.

“Also, from the distance in Bavaria we will continue to follow the developments in Taiwan and we certainly hope to be able to come back in the not too distant future.”

As part of the farewell celebration, Zickerick also presented medals to three Taiwanese people in recognition of their efforts to strengthen the friendship between Germany and Taiwan.

“Created in 2013, the German-Taiwanese Friendship Medal is an important new element in our partnership,” said Zickerick.

The recipients are Charlotte Han, honorary president of the Sino German Cultural and Economic Association; Angelika Chen, CEO and founder of Chieftek Precision Co.; and Lee Der-tsai, president of National Chunghsing University in Taichung and representative of the Humboldt-Foundation in Taiwan.

Various dignitaries from diplomatic circles attended the party, including Taiwan's Vice Foreign Minister Vanessa Shih, Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai, many European representatives in Taipei, along with representatives from the American Institute in Taiwan.

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