Haiti expels Taiwan ambassador, but maintains diplomatic relations

Haiti expelled Taiwan ambassador over `small incident' but intends to maintain diplomatic relations,

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/03/14
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Haitian President Jovenel Moise (left) with President Tsai Ing-wen in Taiwan in 2018 (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Haiti expelled the Taiwanese ambassador over “a small incident” but was nevertheless planning to maintain diplomatic relations, Haitian newspaper Le Nouvelliste reported Thursday (March 12).

The French-speaking Caribbean nation is one of 15 remaining diplomatic allies, following relentless Chinese efforts to restrict Taiwan’s international space. The Haitian website quoted the country’s foreign minister, Claude Joseph, as saying that it was awaiting the replacement of Taiwan Ambassador Bernard Bang-zyh Liu (劉邦治).

The minister was quoted as saying the incident was “a matter of national sovereignty” and "had been rapidly resolved.” The incident reportedly occurred in early January at the private residence of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse.

According to UDN, Liu and Moïse had a quarrel, after which Haiti demanded the diplomat leave the country within 72 hours. The appointment of a new ambassador was demanded and Taiwan’s interests have since then been managed by a chargé d'affaires.  [FULL  STORY]

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