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Taiwan announces new anti-terror measures after Paris attacks

Taiwan announces new anti-terror measures after Paris attacks

Taipei, Nov. 19 (CNA) The government has instructed its embassies, consulates, and missions abroad to ramp up anti-terrorism measures in the wake of a series of coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov. 13, including strengthening screening procedures for visa applications by foreign nationals to better detect terrorist suspects, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Thursday.

The government has also asked these overseas units to keep in contact with the French Ministry of Foreign affairs and police authorities to ensure the safety of all Taiwanese residing in the country, Deputy Foreign Minister Bruce Linghu said when giving a report to the Legislative Yuan's Foreign and National Defense Committee.

Meanwhile, the government currently has no plans to repatriate Taiwanese residing in Paris following the terrorist attacks that rocked the French capital last Friday, according to Linghu.

According to a written report submitted by the ministry to the committee, Taiwan's representative office in France has formed a response task force following the terrorist attacks in Paris. The task force has maintained communication with French police and medical care centers as well as Taiwanese tour groups, students, businessmen and expatriates in the country and found none of the estimated 2,650 Taiwanese citizens there were injured or killed in the attacks.

President Ma Ying-jeou has also convened a national security meeting Monday, instructing relevant government agencies to initiate anti-terrorism measures and directed the MOFA's Bureau of Consular Affairs to inform all of Taiwan's embassies, consulates, and missions abroad to heighten security after the Paris attacks, according to the report. (By Wang Cheng-chung and Evelyn Kao)

Updated : 2021-09-18 21:02 GMT+08:00