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Taiwan and U.S. sign accord on lost and stolen passports

Taiwan and U.S. sign accord on lost and stolen passports

Taipei, Nov. 9 (CNA) Taiwan and the United States signed an agreement on Nov. 4 to share information about lost and stolen passports, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Eleanor Wang (???) said Monday. The signing of the accord, which was the culmination of a series of efforts made by the two sides for over a year, is aimed at bolstering security and combating crimes related to the illegal use of passports of the two nations, Wang said. As of now, Taiwan has not joined the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) and has no access to its Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database, Wang indicated, adding that the Foreign Ministry has been seeking actively to sign similar agreements with other countries, aiming at strengthening the integrity of Taiwan passports. Meanwhile, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), which represents the U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of bilateral diplomatic ties, said on its Facebook page that the signing of the agreement, which coincides with the celebration of the third anniversary of Taiwan's entry into the Visa Waiver Program, is an example of how the United States and Taiwan continue to enhance the program to promote secure travel. (By Tang Pei-chun and Romulo Huang)


Updated : 2021-09-19 21:43 GMT+08:00