Taiwan, Honduras ink MOU on anti-terrorism, human trafficking

2013/04/24 18:52:02

Taipei, April 24 (CNA) Taiwan and Honduras signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) Tuesday for cooperation on anti-terrorism, immigration affairs and the prevention of human trafficking.

Under the terms of the MOU, the two sides will engage in anti- terrorism nformation exchanges, based on the principles of equality and reciprocity.

National Immigration Agency (NIA) Director-General Hsieh Li-kung and his Honduran counterpart, Venancio Cervantes Suazo, signed the MOU on behalf of their respective countries.

The NIA said Honduras is the first country in Latin America to sign such an MOU with the Republic of China and added that it will allow the two sides to establish closer cooperation on anti-terrorism, immigration affairs and the prevention of human trafficking.

Hsieh said that the three areas are now cross-border activities and that every country faces immigrant management and counseling resulting from the increasingly fluid cross-border movement.

"It is urgent that we join hands with other countries to establish cooperation mechanisms, care for new immigrants and prevent human trafficking," Hsieh said.

He noted that Honduras has diplomatic relations with more than 80 countries and said that an MOU with the Central American country will benefit Taiwan in the field of anti-terrorism information exchange.

(By Lin Chang-shun and Lilian Wu)
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