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Taiwan closes representative office in Bangladesh: MOFA

Taiwan closes representative office in Bangladesh: MOFA

Taiwan closed its representative office in Bangladesh yesterday because it wasn't able to fulfill its consular mission, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
Since its opening in 2004, the office in Dhaka had had a limited effect and failed to upgrade its status, a MOFA statement said. As a result of a complete review of Taiwan's overseas offices, the ministry had decided to close the office to achieve a better distribution of resources, according to MOFA.
Following approval by the Executive Yuan, the ministry had decided to close down the office and withdraw its staff yesterday.
Consular affairs for Bangladesh would be handled by the Taiwan representative office in India, MOFA said.
The ministry has complained of difficulties with several overseas offices as a result of pressure from rival China, which does not recognize Taiwan's sovereignty and tries to prevent the expansion of its diplomatic contacts.
In other South Asian and Latin American countries such as Pakistan and Venezuela, Taiwan has also found it difficult to maintain a consular presence because of the friendly links of the local governments with China. The same factor also played a role with the failure so far to open representative offices in Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, recent reports said.
Taiwan has 23 diplomatic allies, most of them small or impoverished nations in Africa, the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean.


Updated : 2020-12-02 12:21 GMT+08:00