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St. Lucia set to open embassy in Taiwan by end of June

St. Lucia set to open embassy in Taiwan by end of June

Taipei, March 19 (CNA) St. Lucia, one of Taiwan's Caribbean diplomatic allies, is set to open an embassy in Taiwan by the end of June, a Taiwanese foreign affairs responsible for Latin and Central American affairs said Thursday. St. Lucia has selected a location in Taipei and is finalizing details of setting up its embassy here for the first time, said Antonio Yeh (???), counselor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs, at a regular news briefing. When asked about the progress of the embassy, Yeh said it would be opened by the end of June, with senior officials from the Caribbean country coming to Taiwan for the opening ceremony. Alva Baptiste, St. Lucia's minister of external affairs, international trade and civil aviation, said during a visit to Taiwan in February that the purpose of his visit was to look for a location for an embassy in an effort to strengthen bilateral ties. At that time, Baptiste said that he and his delegation had looked at a few possible locations, including a major building in the city, but he declined to divulge any specifics. "We're working on it," was all Baptiste would say, adding that the embassy is expected to open by the middle of the year. The Republic of China 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. The two sides first established diplomatic ties in 1984, but St. Lucia switched its recognition to the People's Republic of China in 1997. Of Taiwan's 22 diplomatic allies, St. Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are the only two countries that have not set up embassies in Taiwan. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-19 17:21 GMT+08:00