St. Lu­cia’s 1st en­voy may ar­rive next month

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

The Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs (MOFA) is ex­press­ing hope that the St. Lu­cian am­bas­sador to the R.O.C. will as­sume of­fice next month af­ter the ally gov­ern­ment re­cently con­firmed the ap­point­ment of the en­voy.

The Caribbean ally has de­cided who will be the ally!| s am­bas­sador to Tai­wan, Lino Cheng, deputy head of MOFA’s Depart­ment of Latin Amer­i­can and Caribbean Af­fairs, said yesterday at a news brief­ing.

The ap­point­ment had un­der­gone in­ter­nal pro­ce­dures within the St. Lu­cian gov­ern­ment in­clud­ing a re­view dur­ing a re­cent cab­i­net meet­ing dur­ing which author­i­ties ap­proved the as­sign­ment, he said.

How­ever, the ally gov­ern­ment has not yet of­fi­cially in­formed the R.O.C. em­bassy in the coun­try about the ap­point­ment, he said.

We have to wait un­til they send an of­fi­cial let­ter to an­nounce the ap­point­ment be­fore our gov­ern­ment can con­firm the ap­point- ment, he said.

Cheng dis­closed that the am­bas­sador is a male diplo­mat who had pre­vi­ously vis­ited Tai­wan for short term study. He can speak Man­darin Chi­nese, Cheng added.

Cheng ex­pressed hope that the top en­voy can of­fi­cially as­sume his of­fice in Tai­wan next month.

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 as a con­crete ef­fort 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.

Mean­while, re­gard­ing the re­cently con­cluded state visit of Honduran Pres­i­dent Juan Or­lando Her­nan­dez, Cheng said the ally pres­i­dent had a busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties brief­ing in Taipei to at­tract more Tai­wanese in­vest­ment to his coun­try dur­ing his stay in Taipei on July 24 and 25,

Her­nan­dez, who vis­ited Tai­wan for the first time un­der the ca­pac­ity as pres­i­dent, also met with Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou and both sides signed a joint state­ment, Cheng said.

Asked to com­ment on whether there will be fu­ture co­op­er­a­tion be- tween both sides, the MOFA of­fi­cial said the Honduran leader had ask Tai­wan to as­sist with the na­tion’s plan to be­come a re­gional lo­gis­tic cen­ter in the Latin Amer­ica and Caribbean area.

Re­lated gov­ern­ment author­i­ties are still de­cid­ing on whether to place in­vest­ment in the pro­ject, Cheng said.

Ac­cord­ing to MOFA, the state visit was part of the Cen­tral Amer­i­can leader’s Asia trip that also in­cluded Ja­pan and South Korea. Tai­wan was the last stop of his Asian visit.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Taiwan

© PressReader. All rights reserved.