King’s visit means stronger ties: Eswatini ambassador

‘HAPPY’: Eswatini respects how Beijing implements its foreign policy, but is capable of conducting its own foreign policy, Swazi Amabassador to Taiwan Thamie Dlamini said

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 03, 2018
By: Staff writer, with CNA

The planned visit on Wednesday by King Mswati III of Eswatini shows the

Eswatini Ambassador to Taiwan Thamie Dlamini speaks during an interview with the Central News Agency in Taipei yesterday.  Photo: CNA

African nation’s commitment to Taiwan, Swazi Ambassador to Taiwan Thamie Dlamini said.

Dlamini’s remarks deflated speculation that Eswatini, which has maintained diplomatic relations with Taiwan for 50 years, might cut ties with Taipei and recognize Beijing instead, after Burkina Faso severed ties with Taiwan on May 24.

“We will stick with Taiwan. Our diplomatic ties are very strong. We are very happy with that,” Dlamini said on Friday. “Next week, we are all excited about the visit of His Majesty, who is going to cement the very good relations between the two nations.”

The king is scheduled to stay in Taiwan until Tuesday next week.

The ambassador said the visit has been planned for some time and was not arranged in haste.

Taiwan is a second home for the king, Dlamini said, adding that the visit would deliver a strong signal that the two nations enjoy solid ties.    [FULL  STORY]

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