Secretary of State Pompeo: US will move on Taiwan Travel Act

MOFA thanked US for its support

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - The United States will take more action in line with the Taiwan Travel Act, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly told a congressional hearing Wednesday.

The Taiwan Travel Act aims to promote high-level exchanges between government officials from the U.S. and Taiwan. Congress approved the law last year.

When Republican Representative Steve Chabot asked the Secretary of State about the implementation of the act, Pompeo described it as an important piece of legislation, the Central News Agency reported. He also underlined the importance of relations with Taiwan and promised the U.S. would take more actions to implement the law, though he was unwilling to divulge any details too soon.

Chabot also mentioned the topic of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) visiting Washington and holding a speech in Congress, but Pompeo did not reply to that remark, according to CNA.

On her way back from a three-nation Pacific tour, Tsai stopped over in Hawaii, where she held an unprecedented meeting with a U.S. general.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Thursday thanked Pompeo for his expressions of support. MOFA would continue to interact with the U.S. administration, Congress and opinion leaders to exchange ideas about the relationship and strengthen the partnership, a spokesman said.