Two new ambassadors from the R.O.C’s diplomatic allies in the Central America and Caribbean region will soon be posted to Taiwan, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) official said recently.
Yeh De-guey , a counselor from MOFA’s Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs, said that the new Guatemala and Saint Lucia ambassadors to the R.O.C. had both been appointed recently by the two ally governments, respectively.
The Guatemala government has informed its Taiwanese counterpart of its choice for its new ambassador. MOFA has sent the applicant to the Presidential Office so that the President can confirm the appointment, he noted. The final announcement of who the new ambassador is and when the ambassador will arrive in Taiwan to assume official duties will have to be announced by the Guatemala government, Yeh added.
Yeh noted that the Saint Lucian government has also decided who will be the ally’s ambassador to Taiwan. However, the appointment will have to undergo internal procedures within his or her own government including going through an upcoming cabinet meeting before finalization, Yeh said.
The new Guatemala ambassador is to fill the vacancy of ex envoy Arturo Duarte, who left Taiwan recently to take up the top envoy post for his country to Mexico after finishing his three-year tenure in Taiwan.
Meanwhile, the Saint Lucian ambassador will be the first ambassador the ally has sent to Taiwan since the country recently opened its embassy in the R.O.C. The Caribbean nation opened its embassy in Taiwan on June 4 in a concrete move to show strong bilateral ties, making the R.O.C. the first country in Asia in which Saint Lucia has established an embassy.
Saint Lucia first established diplomatic ties with Taiwan in 1984, but switched recognition to China in 1997. In 2007, after 10 years of relations with Beijing, the then-ruling United Workers Party government renewed ties with Taipei after coming into office.