Two new am­bas­sadors to be posted in Tai­wan: min­istry

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

Two new am­bas­sadors from the R.O.C’s diplo­matic al­lies in the Cen­tral Amer­ica and Caribbean re­gion will soon be posted to Tai­wan, a Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs (MOFA) of­fi­cial said yesterday.

Yeh De-guey ( ), a coun­selor from MOFA’s Depart­ment of Latin Amer­i­can and Caribbean Af­fairs, said yesterday that the new Gu­atemala and St. Lu­cia am­bas­sadors to the R.O.C. had both been ap­pointed re­cently by the two ally gov­ern­ments, re­spec­tively.

The Gu­atemala gov­ern­ment has in­formed its Tai­wanese coun­ter­part of its choice for its new am­bas­sador. MOFA has sent the ap­pli­cant to the Pres­i­den­tial Of­fice so that the pres­i­dent can con­firm the ap­point­ment, he noted.

The fi­nal an­nounce­ment of who the new am­bas­sador is and when the am­bas­sador will ar­rive in Tai­wan to as­sume of­fi­cial du­ties will have to be an­nounced by the Gu­atemala gov­ern­ment, Yeh added.

Yeh noted that the St. Lu­cian gov­ern­ment has also de­cided who will be the ally’s am­bas­sador to Tai­wan.

How­ever, the ap­point­ment will have to un­dergo in­ter­nal pro­ce­dures within his or her own gov­ern­ment in­clud­ing go­ing through an up­com­ing cab­i­net meet­ing be­fore fi­nal­iza­tion, Yeh said.

The new Gu­atemala am­bas­sador is to fill the va­cancy of ex en­voy Ar­turo Duarte, who left Tai­wan last Sun­day to take up the top en­voy post for his coun­try to Mexico af­ter fin­ish­ing his three-year ten­ure in Tai­wan.

Mean­while, the St. Lu­cian am­bas­sador will be the first am­bas­sador the ally has sent to Tai­wan since the coun­try re­cently opened its em­bassy in the R.O.C.

The Caribbean na­tion opened its em­bassy in Tai­wan on June 4 in a con­crete move to show strong bi­lat­eral ties, mak­ing the R.O.C. the first coun­try in Asia in which St. Lu­cia has es­tab­lished an em­bassy.

St. Lu­cia first es­tab­lished diplo­matic ties with Tai­wan in 1984, but switched recog­ni­tion to China in 1997. In 2007, af­ter 10 years of re­la­tions with Bei­jing, the then-rul­ing United Work­ers Party gov­ern­ment re­newed ties with Taipei af­ter com­ing into of­fice.

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