Taiwan’s foreign diplomats to leave Panama by July 12

Taiwanese foreign diplomats stationed in Panama are set to leave the Central American country by July 12. That's following a break in official diplomatic ties in June.

Panama announced on June 13 that it was establishing ties with China. But China sees Taiwan as part of its territory and forbids its allies from holding official ties with Taiwan. Panama later told Taiwan's foreign diplomats that they had one month to leave the country.

A member of Taiwan's diplomatic corps in Panama said that all embassy staff and facilities will leave by Wednesday, and that Panamanian embassy officials in Taiwan would do the same. Taiwan's foreign diplomats had originally asked for 2-3 months to settle their affairs and discuss how bilateral relations could move forward following the break in ties.

A source said that Panama is hoping the two sides can replace the embassies with representative offices. But Taiwan says it still needs to mull over the possibility, and that negotiations would need to take place in an appropriate third country.

Source: Radio Taiwan International