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Remembering Honorable Camillo Zuccoli, Ambassador of the Sovereign Order of Malta to Bulgaria
2019-02-12
The Association of Foreign Relations (AFR) mourns the passing of the Honorable Camillo Zuccoli, Ambassador of the Sovereign Order of Malta to Bulgaria and a long-time loyal and supportive friend to the Republic of China (Taiwan), on 3 February 2019 in Rome, Italy, and expresses our deepest condolences to his family and friends, on behalf of our board of directors, supervisors, advisors, and members.
 
In October 2015, the AFR visited Italy to sign a memorandum of understanding on mutual cooperation with Fondazione Farefuturo, during which Ambassador Zuccoli warmly received AFR Founding Chairman Ambassador Francisco H. L. Ou and other visiting members to dine at his own house and meet with other Italian opinion leaders.
 
Since Ambassador Zuccoli served Maltese Ambassador to Bulgaria since 2007, he had been very supportive to the Republic of China's foreign affairs. His support for the Republic of China could also be demonstrated by the following two anecdotes: He named his son “Ching-Kuo (經國, former Premier and President of the Republic of China)” and his daughter “Mei-Ling (美齡, Madame Chiang Kai-Shek / former First Lady of the Republic of China)"; and when his family vacationed in summers in Italy, he would hang the national flag of the Republic of China on his yacht.

It is sad to say that the Republic of China and the AFR lost a truly dear friend.
 
AFR Founding Chairman Ambassador Francisco H. L. Ou (right) and the Honorable Camillo Zuccoli, Ambassador of the Sovereign Order of Malta to Bulgaria in 2015.