Eswatini and Russia appoint new envoys to Taiwan (MOFA)

Taipei, Nov. 16 (CNA) The Kingdom of Eswatini and Russia recently appointed their new ambassador and chief envoy respectively to Taiwan, the latter having already arrived in the country to take up his post, according to the Foreign Ministry (MOFA ) says Tuesday.

At a press conference in Eswatini on Friday, Prime Minister Cleopas Dlamini announced that Promise Sithembiso Msibi, the kingdom’s current ambassador to the African Union, will replace Thamie Dlamini as Eswatini’s senior envoy to Taiwan, according to Yang Syin-yi (楊心怡), director of MOFA’s West Asian and African Affairs Department.

Dlamini, meanwhile, will become the African kingdom’s new high representative to the United Nations, Yang said.

Msibi, 57, is a senior diplomat of Taiwan’s only ally in Africa, according to Yang.

He had already visited Taiwan twice, as parliamentary secretary in 2004, and to accompany King Mswati III’s mother to attend Taiwan’s National Day celebrations in 2011, respectively, Yang said.

Yang said Msibi enjoys great confidence in King Mswati III, which makes him a good choice as Eswatini’s ambassador to Taiwan.

Eswatini has yet to announce when he will arrive in Taiwan to take up the post of ambassador. Meanwhile, Yury Metelev arrived in the country on October 12 to take up his duties as representative of the Moscow-Taipei Coordination Commission on Economic and Cultural Cooperation (CMT), Yang said.

The MTC represents the interests of the Russian Federation in Taiwan in the absence of official diplomatic relations.

Before coming to Taiwan, Metelev, 60, was deputy head of the Russian Federal Agency for Commonwealth of Independent States Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation.

He is fluent in Russian, Chinese, English and Slovak and is the first director of MTC to speak Chinese fluently in recent years, according to Yang.

(By Joseph Yeh)

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