Nicaragua asks Taiwan embassy staff to leave in two weeks (MOFA)

Taipei, December 15 (ANC) The Nicaraguan government has given a two-week deadline for the departure of personnel from the Taiwanese embassy and technical mission there, after the two countries sever diplomatic relations on December 10 , the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) confirmed on Wednesday.

The request for their departure before December 23 was made during negotiations between the two parties, following the diplomatic breakdown, and the government of Taiwan has given the staff of the Nicaraguan embassy in Taipei the same time to leave. the country, on the basis of reciprocity, MOFA spokesperson Joanne Ou (歐 江 安) told CNA.

Taiwan’s embassy in Managua is preparing to close, and staff members and their families – 52 in total – will be leaving the country in batches, Ou confirmed, after La Prensa newspaper in Nicaragua reported the story. of the deadline the day before.

According to a diplomatic source, it is customary for countries to take at least a month to recall their respective staff following the breakdown of diplomatic relations.

Meanwhile, according to La Prensa, the Nicaraguan parliament on Tuesday abrogated a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) with Taiwan that had been signed in December 2006.

Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) earlier said the FTA would remain in effect despite the breakdown in formal diplomatic relations between the two countries.

On Wednesday, the MOEA said Nicaragua had not notified Taiwan of a repeal, but that either party can withdraw from the FTA, provided six months’ notice is given.

On Tuesday, the Nicaraguan parliament also repealed seven other agreements with Taiwan, including a loan of $ 20.2 million signed in 1998 with the Taiwanese Import-Export Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to finance a project of irrigation in western Nicaragua, according to La Prensa.

With the loss of Nicaragua, Taiwan’s number of diplomatic allies around the world fell to 14. (By Joseph Yeh)

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