CARACAS, Thursday July 19, 2007 | Update
Discussions are being held with the Venezuelan government
to keep a Taiwanese representation office in Venezuela, following
non-renewal of visas for Taiwanese diplomats, said Thursday
Wang Chien-yeh, the spokesman for the Taiwanese Ministry of
"We are keeping in touch with Venezuela in order to try to solve the problem. We expect our representation office to continue working in the country," the official added.
Since last March, the Venezuelan government, with no diplomatic ties with Taiwan and a pro-China stance, has increasingly taken a number of steps to the detriment of Taiwan, DPA reported.
That very month, Venezuela made null and void a 90-day visa exemption favoring Taiwanese tourists. In mid June, renewal of the visas of a team of five Taiwanese nationals working with the representation office in Caracas, the so-called Economic and Cultural Office of Taipei, was stopped.
02:57 PM. HEAVY RAINS. Venezuelan Executive Vice-President Elias Jaua reported that the government is designing plans to support farmers, cattlemen and peasants of the state of Mérida who have been hit by heavy rains that have caused crop losses.