CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY (Taiwan) – St. Lucia’s first ambassador to Taiwan, Hubert Emmanuel, is expected to present his credentials to President Ma Ying-jeou soon, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Friday.
The diplomat arrived in Taiwan Nov. 6 and presented his credentials to Foreign Minister David Lin during a meeting earlier Friday, the ministry said in a statement.
Emmanuel’s arrival came after St. Lucia held an opening ceremony in June for its first embassy in Taiwan, in a move designed to further promote bilateral ties. It is also the Caribbean country’s first embassy in Asia.
During Friday’s meeting, Emmanuel said his country values its good relations with Taiwan and that he will work to promote the friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries based on the solid foundation, according to the ministry’s statement.
In his remarks, Lin welcomed the ambassador to Taiwan, saying that he believes Emmanuel will help deepen bilateral ties during his tenure here.
Lin also expressed the hope that St. Lucia will continue to help push for Taiwan’s participation in international organizations and help Taiwan obtain visa-free treatment from Caribbean countries.
Emmanuel has served as St. Lucia’s deputy agriculture minister and deputy foreign minister. His previous posts also include a stint in New York as the country’s deputy consul-general.
The Republic of China (Taiwan) and St. Lucia have maintained close cooperation in public health, education, infrastructure development 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.
St. Lucia is one of Taiwan’s 22 diplomatic allies, half of which are in Central America and the Caribbean.