Taiwan Trade Mission in Nigeria to relocate to Lagos: MOFA

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 Antonio Chen (陳俊賢

Antonio Chen (陳俊賢

Taipei, Sept. 7 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday that it has found a new location for its trade mission in Nigeria, which was asked earlier this year to move out of the capital Abuja.

Taiwan will relocate its trade mission in Nigeria to Lagos City, a financial and commercial hub, according to Antonio Chen (陳俊賢), director general of MOFA's Department of West Asia and African Affairs.

By the end of the year, the trade office will be set up in temporary premises in Lagos, Chen said at a press briefing, adding that another move will be made early next year, when a suitable property is expected to become available for long-term lease.

The Trade Mission of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Nigeria, which was located in Abuja, has been scrambling to find a new office since January after the Nigerian government ordered it to move out of the capital.

On June 30, the Nigerian government sent military personnel to seal off the trade office and forced the staff to leave.

In retaliation, MOFA asked the Nigeria Trade Office in Taiwan to move out of the capital Taipei to a location elsewhere in the country.

The Nigeria Trade Office in Taiwan has not yet made a decision regarding the order to move and may decide to pull out of Taiwan altogether for financial reasons, according to Taiwan officials.

(By Elaine Hou and Kuan-lin Liu)

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