Burkina Faso has cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan, Foreign Minister Alpha Barry announced on Thursday.
This makes Swaziland the only country in Africa to maintain ties with Taiwan.
“This decision is guided by the firm desire of the government of Burkina Faso to defend the interests of Burkina Faso and its people in the concert of nations,” Burkina Faso’s foreign ministry said in a statement seen by Reuters.
China claims sovereignty over Taipei and does not maintain diplomatic relations with countries that recognise Taiwan.
The severance of diplomatic relations comes after a series of African and Latin American nations cut relations with Taiwan and established links with Beijing.