One embassy, two representative offices to suspend operations

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-07-27

Two of Taiwan’s overseas representative offices will suspend operations within the next two months. That was the word from the foreign affairs ministry on Thursday.

The ministry said the representative office in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia will close at the end of July. The country’s embassy in Pacific diplomatic ally Palau will close at the end of August. The representative office in Sweden will close at the end of September. The foreign ministry said these offices’ tasks will be taken over by Taiwan’s representative offices in nearby countries.

The foreign ministry said the decision was made to maximize the government’s limited budget and human resources. The ministry also said Taiwan will maintain contact with the three countries and will continue to provide services for Taiwanese citizens there.

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