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U.S. Virgin Islands governor on historic visit to Taiwan

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Head of MOFA's Department of North American Affairs Chang Shih-jui (left) shakes hands with visiting United States Virgin Islands Governor Albert Bryan Jr. Photo courtesy of MOFA

Taipei, March 27 (CNA) United States Virgin Islands Governor Albert Bryan Jr. arrived in Taipei on Monday on a six-day trip to explore opportunities for bilateral exchanges, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said, noting that it was the first visit to Taipei by the head of the American territory.

Bryan's delegation includes his chief of staff Karl Knight and U.S. Virgin Islands Special Economic Envoy to Taiwan Anthony Weeks, MOFA said in a press release.

During their six-day stay, the members of the delegation will visit several central government agencies such as MOFA, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, and TAITRA, the foreign ministry said.

They will also attend the Net Zero City Expo in Taipei and hold discussions with representatives of the academic and business sectors to promote closer bilateral exchanges in the fields of business and tourism, MOFA said.

The Virgin Islands of the United States comprise four main islands - St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix, and Water Island - and about 50 islets and cays in the Caribbean.

It is an unincorporated and organized territory of the U.S., with its governor elected by its people every four years as head of state.

The governor's responsibilities include making the annual State of the Territory addresses to the Virgin Islands Legislature, submitting the budget for the territory, and ensuring that public laws are enforced.

The current visit to Taiwan by two-term leader Bryan is the first ever by a U.S. Virgin Islands' governor.

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