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Turkish MOFA office will ‘take time’

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday it was working on a plan to set up a new representative office in Istanbul, Turkey, but its timetable is “flexible.”

“The foreign ministry has maintained close contact with its Turkish counterpart and is working on the matter, but it takes time and patience, as further discussion of the details is needed,” said Lin Jinn-jong (林進忠), ­director-general of the MOFA’s Department of West Asian Affairs, at a regular press briefing.

Pressed further on whether the new office would be established before the end of the year, Lin said it was possible, but reiterated that it required further discussion between the two sides.

“The timetable is very flexible,” he added.

Lin said setting up an office in Istanbul is one of the top priorities of his department, considering the city’s economic and tourism advantages and the fact that West Asian affairs play an important role in Taiwan’s diplomatic policy and economic development.

As to the possibility of setting up a representative office in Vladivostok, Russia, MOFA said the plan was suspended in July after an evaluation of the best use of diplomatic resources and personnel.

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