Statement by Department of State Spokesperson Heather Nauert

Statement by Department of State Spokesperson Heather Nauert

September 10, 2018
Washington, DC

In the Department of State Press Briefing, U.S. State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert confirmed that the chiefs of mission for the U.S. Embassies in the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Panama, were called to Washington, D.C. for consultations relating to recent decisions to no longer recognize Taiwan.

Those chiefs of mission will meet with U.S. Government leaders to talk about ways in which the United States can support strong, independent, democratic institutions and economies throughout Central America and the Caribbean. They will be in Washington through September 14.

The Spokesperson added, “… We see Taiwan as a democratic success story. It is a reliable partner to the United States and a force for good in the world. The United States will continue to support Taiwan as it seeks to expand its already significant contributions to addressing global challenges and as Taiwan resists efforts to constrain its appropriate participation on the world stage….

“We recognize overall the importance worldwide of development and infrastructure and the need to improve infrastructure all over the world, whether it’s on the African continent, in South America, you name it. We like to emphasize to all countries that they have a sovereign right to develop on their own terms, to seek loans on their own terms that benefit those countries….we believe that those terms need to be transparent and fair.”