Belize charge d'affaires now ambassador to Taiwan: gov't
By Joseph Yeh, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Cherie Nisbet, former charge d'affaires at the Embassy of Belize in Taiwan, was recently promoted to the Central American ally's ambassador to Taiwan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced yesterday.
September 27, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
Nisbet presented a certified copy of a letter of credence to Foreign Minister David Lin (林永樂) on Sept. 16, announced Florencia Hsieh (謝妙宏), deputy director-general of MOFA's Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs, yesterday.
She will soon present the official letter of credence to President Ma Ying-jeou to officially assume the post of ambassador to the R.O.C., Hsieh said.
Nisbet took up the Belizean Embassy's charge d'affaires post in August 2011.
A charge d'affaires is a diplomat who heads a diplomatic mission in the absence of an ambassador.
According to Hsieh, Belize's decision to promote Nisbet to ambassador is part of the ally's ongoing policy to forge closer bilateral ties.
Belize announced earlier this year that it would grant holders of R.O.C. passports visa-free entry of up to 90 days.
Hsieh added that Haiti, another of Taiwan's allies in the Caribbean, also recently informed Taiwan that it would promote its charge d'affaires in Taiwan, Rachel Coupaud, to ambassador.
But the proposal has yet to be approved by Haiti's parliament, she noted.
Meanwhile, the MOFA official said the ministry has been pushing the Honduran government to send a new ambassador to fill the vacancy left by the departure of ex-Ambassador Mario Alberto Fortin Midence.
Fortin left his post in Taipei in June to serve as a special adviser to the Honduran foreign minister, according to MOFA.
Noting that Honduras will hold a presidential election in November, Hsieh admitted that it could take some time before the ally sends a new envoy to Taiwan.
The MOFA previously stressed that it is not uncommon for a country to ask a charge d'affaires to temporarily take over the management of an embassy in the absence of an ambassador.
The embassies in Taiwan of Palau, Sao Tome and Principe and the Holy See are also managed by a charge d'affaires instead of an ambassador.