Date: February 1, 2016
A bill boosting Taiwan’s participation in the International Criminal
Police Organization (Interpol) was passed unanimously Jan. 28 by the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
Introduced by Sen. Cory Gardner and co-sponsored by Sen. Ben Cardin, S 2426 follows HR 1853, which was approved without dissent by the House of Representatives last November.
The two bills direct the U.S. president and Department of State to develop a strategy to help Taiwan obtain observer status in Interpol and its related activities. This highlights the importance of including Taiwan in international organizations for the U.S. and global community, according to the ROC Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“As a responsible member of the international community, Taiwan is ready, willing and able to play a vital part in the global initiative to thwart acts of terrorism and crime against humanity,” a MOFA official said. [FULL STORY]