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Taiwan, St. Lucia resume diplomatic ties

Taiwan, St. Lucia resume diplomatic ties

Taiwan and Saint Lucia have resumed diplomatic ties, the Ministry of Foreign Affaairs announced Tuesday.
The MOFA made the announcement in a telephone hook-up with Foreign Affairs Minister James Huang, who is visiting the eastern Caribbean island nation.
Huang said that after more than four months of efforts, Taiwan resumed diplomatic ties with St. Lucia, showing that Taiwan is able to make new friends in the international community despite pressure from China.
Vice Foreign Affairs Minister Yang Tzu-pao said that Huang and his St. Lucian counterpart, Rufus Bousquet, signed a joint communiqué on the resumption of full diplomatic ties in the St. Lucian capital Castries Monday night Taipei time. Taiwan established its embassy in the country the same day.
St. Lucia is the third country, after Kiribatis and Nauru, that has set diplomatic ties with Taiwan after the Democratic Progressive Party swept into power in May 2000. St. Lucia is Taiwan's 25th diplomatic ally.
Huang led a delegation to St. Lucia April 29 after receiving an invitation from Bousquet. Huang said that during the consultation process on resuming diplomatic ties, Taiwan never once asked St. Lucia to sever its diplomatic ties with China.
Asked whether Taiwan will provide economic assistance to St. Lucia, Huang said that the two sides talked about cooperation programs in the areas of agriculture, information education, vocational education, handicrafts, small and medium enterprises, medical missions, and the development of water resources.
St. Lucia first established diplomatic ties with Taiwan in 1984 but switched diplomatic recognition to China in 1997.



Updated : 2021-04-11 02:52 GMT+08:00