Taipei, Taiwan’s Central American ally Nicaragua will soon send a new ambassador to the country to replace the outgoing William Manuel Tapia Aleman, who has served in the post for nearly 13 years, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said on Monday.
MOFA spokeswoman Joanne Ou (歐江安) said the ministry has recently been notified by the Nicaraguan government that Ambassador Tapia has completed his tenure as top envoy to the country and will be reassigned as part of the ally’s routine diplomatic personnel reshuffle.
The Nicaraguan government has said that it will soon appoint Tapia’s successor, Ou added.
Ou’s comments confirmed a report about Tapia’s replacement in a Nicaraguan Presidential Office gazette published on July 22, citing a Nicaraguan government directive dated July 13 stating Tapia had been removed from his post as ambassador to Taiwan.
The announcement, however, did not give a reason for Tapia’s removal.
Meanwhile, neither the Nicaraguan Embassy in Taiwan nor Tapia released any statement over the envoy’s upcoming departure when approached by CNA for comments on Monday.
Tapia had served as Nicaragua’s ambassador to Taiwan since Jan. 29, 2008. As one of the most senior ambassadors in Taiwan, he also served as dean of the foreign diplomatic corps since 2016, according to Ou.
During his tenure, the envoy had made significant contributions in promoting closer bilateral ties on all fronts and deepening two-way relations between the two countries, the spokeswoman said.
With this solid foundation, Ou said, the ministry believes the incoming Nicaragua ambassador will continue the efforts made by Tapia to push for even closer Taiwan-Nicaragua relations.
Nicaragua is one of the Republic of China’s (Taiwan) 15 diplomatic allies worldwide.
The two countries formally established diplomatic ties in 1930 when the ROC government was still based in mainland China, but later severed ties in 1985 after Nicaragua recognized the People’s Republic of China that year when a new Nicaraguan administration gained power.
Taiwan and Nicaragua resumed full diplomatic relations in 1990 following another presidential election in the central American country and have maintained stable ties since then.
Since President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) took office in May 2016, Taiwan has lost seven diplomatic allies, three of which are in the Central American and Caribbean region — Panama, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel