The number of states that maintain official diplomatic relations with Taiwan is now reduced to 13.
Honduran Deputy Foreign Minister Antonio Garcia announced Monday that the Honduran government granted Taiwan a 30-day deadline to close its embassy in Tegucigalpa.
According to the deputy minister in statements to Honduran TV Channel 5, "diplomatically leaving a country in 30 days is not something unreasonable."
Expressing his gratitude to Taiwan, the diplomat said that the administration of President Xioma Castro will lend its full support for the closure of the Taiwan diplomatic mission in Tegucigalpa.
The measure followed the Central American country's decision to establish diplomatic relations with China. On March 14, the Honduran president instructed Foreign Minister Enrique Reina to take the relevant steps to establish official ties with Beijing.
�� El vicecanciller de Honduras, Antonio García, anunció este lunes que el Gobierno del país centroamericano dio 30 días a la embajada de Taiwán en Tegucigalpa para abandonar el país. pic.twitter.com/qsfiMSWem5— Al Momento 4T (@Almomento4T) March 28, 2023
The Deputy Foreign Minister of Honduras, Antonio Garcia, announced Monday that the Government of the Central American country gave a 30-day deadline to the Taiwanese embassy in Tegucigalpa to leave the country.
Such a move is a responsible decision, Garcia said, highlighting the potential of the relationship with China for the country's development.
Honduras' move brings to 13 the number of countries that maintain official diplomatic relations with Taiwan.
Honduran Foreign Minister Eduardo Reina and his Chinese counterpart Qin Gang signed the Joint Communiqué on the Establishment of Relations between the two countries in Beijing on Sunday.