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Nepal has declined Taiwan’s offer to help with search and rescue efforts after
the Himalayan country was devastated by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake Saturday, Vice Foreign Minister Andrew Kao said Monday.
Kao’s comments came as several local search and rescue teams were preparing to depart for Nepal to help look for survivors under collapsed buildings.
Answering questions at the Legislative Yuan, the vice minister did not give reasons for Nepal’s rejection, saying only that Kathmandu so far has only asked for assistance in search and rescue efforts from neighboring countries like China, India and Pakistan.
Taiwan will still send an advanced team to Nepal, however, to assess the need for medical assistance, which Taiwan stands ready to provide, said Kao.