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U.S. passes draft for Taiwan's observer status at Interpol

U.S. passes draft for Taiwan's observer status at Interpol

The United States House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific passed an initial draft on Thursday supporting Taiwan to becoming an observer at the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol).

The draft will then be reviewed by the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs Friday, reports said.

The proposal came after the Subcommittee’s Chairman Matt Salmon, a Republican representative, commented that due to the ever-increasing threats from world terrorism, Taiwan’s non-presence at Interpol would pose “serious unnecessary risks” due to lack of communication and exchange of discussions between the two sides.

Interpol is an intergovernmental organization facilitating international police cooperation formed since 1923, where it was initially known as the International Criminal Police Commission (ICPC).

Salmon’s support on Taiwan is backed by 34 other members of the United States House of Representatives, according to reports.

However, the draft will still need to go through the House Committee and the United States Senate before being signed by U.S. President Barack Obama to put into effect.

The U.S. supports Taiwan’s participation in Interpol and is looking for ways to achieve that goal and promote Taiwan’s participation in appropriate organizations, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia Daniel Russel said during a hearing at the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific in early April.

Updated : 2021-09-17 10:17 GMT+08:00