By: Tang Pei-chun and Romulo Huang
Taipei, Nov. 9 (CNA) Taiwan and the United States signed an agreement on Nov. 4 to share information about lost and stolen passports, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Eleanor Wang (王珮玲) said Monday.
The signing of the accord, which was the culmination of a series of efforts made by the two sides for over a year, is aimed at bolstering security and combating crimes related to the illegal use of passports of the two nations, Wang said.
As of now, Taiwan has not joined the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) and has no access to its Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database, Wang indicated, adding that the Foreign Ministry has been seeking actively to sign similar agreements with other countries, aiming at strengthening the integrity of Taiwan passports. [FULL STORY]