Entry ban on Indonesian workers unrelated to politics: office

Focus Taiwan
Date: 12/19/2020
By: Shih Hsiu-chuan and Ko Lin

CNA file photo

Jakarta, Dec. 19 (CNA) Taiwan's representative office in Jakarta on Saturday said Taiwan's decision to extend indefinitely an entry ban on Indonesian migrant workers was based purely on epidemic prevention considerations and not on politics.

In a statement, the Taipei Economic and Trade Office (TETO) in Jakarta said Taiwan is willing to reopen its doors to Indonesian migrant workers when the two sides come to a consensus on epidemic prevention measures.

TETO was responding to comments by Benny Rhamdani, head of Indonesia's Agency for the Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers (BP2MI), that questioned the motives behind Taiwan's decision.

"I hope that Taiwan's decision is not driven by political reasons, but more on medical reasons," Benny was quoted as saying in a report published Friday by Indonesian news agency Antara.   [FULL  STORY]

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