By: Joseph Yeh
Taipei, Dec. 25 (CNA) Taiwan’s government has decided to donate US$500,000 to Indonesia to support relief efforts in the wake of a volcanic eruption and deadly tsunami over the weekend that left hundreds dead, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced Tuesday.
The ministry will hand the relief funds to the Indonesian government to assist the country with post-disaster relief efforts and aid the reconstruction of areas affected by the natural disaster, a MOFA statement said.
The decision to make the donation was based on humanitarian need and the close friendship between Taiwan and Indonesia, the ministry said, adding that the Southeast Asian country is an important partner in the country’s ongoing New Southbound Policy.
Currently more than 260,000 Indonesian migrant workers work in Taiwan while another 5,000 Indonesian students study in the country, it noted. [FULL STORY]