Latin America may seem an unlikely diplomatic priority for Abkhazia, thousands of miles away from the tiny, breakaway territory on the Black Sea. But Abkhazia's de facto foreign minister, Maxim Gvindjia, on his fifth trip to the region, says Latin America is a key to the territory’s efforts to build diplomatic and trade ties around the world.
Abkhazia declared independence from Georgia in 2008, and has only two embassies in the world: one in Moscow and one in Caracas, about 6,600 miles from the Abkhazian capital Sukhumi. It is recognized by two other countries, Nicaragua and Nauru, but does not maintain a diplomatic presence in those countries.
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Joshua Kucera is a Washington, DC,-based freelance writer who specializes in security issues. He is the author of EurasiaNet's Bug Pit blog.