Taiwan ambassador to eSwatini hospitalized

Taipei, June 26 (CNA) Taiwan's ambassador to eSwatini has been hospitalized in South Africa after he was found seriously ill in his office on June 22, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday.

Ambassador Thomas Chen (???) was first treated in eSwatini after he fell ill, according to MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee (???), but he has since been transferred to a hospital in South Africa after the ministry received permission from Chen's family.

Lee did not disclose the nature of Chen's illness, saying only that he fell ill because he was too busy over the past few months arranging President Tsai Ing-wen's (???) state visit to eSwatini in April and a visit by King Mswati III to Taiwan earlier this month.

Local media pundit Clara Chou (???) reported that Chen suffered a stroke.

The chief of Taiwan's medical mission in eSwatini and a nurse are accompanying Chen in the South African hospital.

King Mswati III, President Tsai and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (???) all expressed concern over Chen's hospitalization to the embassy and wished him a swift recovery, Lee said.

Chen has served as the ambassador to the southern African country, previously known as Swaziland, since September 2013. He has previously served as deputy representative to Canada and head of the MOFA's Bureau of Consular Affairs.

Taiwan's embassy in eSwatini is currently being headed by the deputy chief, according to Lee.

eSwatini is Taiwan's last diplomatic ally in Africa after Burkina Faso switched recognition to China on May 24.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel