LatinNews Daily - 13 December 2021

US slams Nicaragua’s decision to break ties with Taiwan

Nicaragua: On 9 December, US State Department spokesperson Ned Price issued a statement in response to Nicaragua’s decision announced earlier that day to break diplomatic relations with Taiwan and establish relations with mainland China. According to Price’s statement, the “sham election” – a reference to the 7 November general election in Nicaragua which produced a re-election victory for President Daniel Ortega - “did not provide it with any mandate to remove Nicaragua from the family of American democracies. Without the mandate that comes with a free and fair election, Ortega’s actions cannot reflect the will of the Nicaraguan people, who continue to struggle for democracy and the ability to exercise their human rights and fundamental freedoms. We do know, however, that this deprives Nicaragua’s people of a steadfast partner in its democratic and economic growth.” Price’s statement continues: “Taiwan’s relationships with diplomatic partners in the Western Hemisphere provide significant economic and security benefits to the citizens of those countries. We encourage all countries that value democratic institutions, transparency, the rule of law, and promoting economic prosperity for their citizens to expand engagement with Taiwan.”

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