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Taiwan welcomes St. Lucia's plans to set up embassy

Taiwan welcomes St. Lucia's plans to set up embassy

Taipei, Feb. 12 (CNA) Taiwan said Thursday that it welcomes the decision by St. Lucia to set up the Caribbean nation's first embassy in Asia in Taiwan, saying the move will help strengthen bilateral governmental and people-to-people ties. In a statement, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed the announcement made by Alva Baptiste, St. Lucia's minister of external affairs, international trade and civil aviation, who said earlier in the day that his country will open an embassy in Taiwan. "The ministry will also provide any necessary assistance," the statement read. Baptiste, who is on his second visit to Taiwan to look for a location for the embassy, said that they have looked at some possible sites. The embassy is expected to open by the middle of the year, he added. The Republic of China (Taiwan) and St. Lucia have maintained close cooperation in public health, education, infrastructure and culture since the two countries resumed diplomatic relations in 2007 following a 10-year hiatus, according to the ministry. St. Lucia established diplomatic ties with Taiwan in 1984, but switched its recognition to the People's Republic of China in 1997, eventually switching back. St. Lucia has voiced support for Taiwan's participation in the World Health Organization, the International Civil Aviation Organization, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and other international organizations, the ministry said. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-21 11:45 GMT+08:00