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Taiwan welcomes Caribbean ally's move to set up embassy

2019/07/13 17:32:59

Taipei, July 13 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) welcomed Saturday a decision by St. Vincent and the Grenadines to set up an embassy in Taiwan and said it was willing to provide any assistance necessary.

The Caribbean nation currently maintains a consulate general in Taipei.

MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) said the ministry welcomed the announcement made by the Vincentian government and was looking forward to working with the embassy to create more opportunities for cooperation in the future.

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1981, bilateral exchanges and cooperation have been strong, Lee said.

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), who is currently visiting New York, will soon head to the Caribbean and is scheduled to visit St. Vincent and the Grenadines from July 16 to 17.

The country is currently the only ally among the 17 countries with formal ties with the Republic of China (Taiwan) that does not have an embassy in Taiwan.

On Friday, a Vincentian news outlet reported that Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said the country will soon open its embassy in Taipei.

According to the report, Gonsalves said he wants the ambassador-designate to accompany him on his visit to Taiwan in August, but stopped short of naming the person, except to say the ambassador would be a woman.

(By Elaine Hou and Ko Lin)
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