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U.S. Government shutdown will not affect AIT services

2018/12/27 20:19:36

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Taipei, Dec. 27 (CNA) The ongoing shutdown of the United States government will not affect the American Institute in Taiwan's (AIT) offices in Taipei and Kaohsiung, the de facto U.S. embassy in Taiwan said Thursday.

"The lapse in U.S. federal appropriations does not affect scheduled passport, visa, and American citizen services at the American Institute in Taiwan or scheduled passport and American citizen services at the AIT Kaohsiung Office," Acting AIT spokesperson Eric Aldrich told CNA.

"AIT remains open and is focused on carrying out functions related to protecting security, health, and safety," he added.

AIT represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of official diplomatic ties.

Aldrich's comments came after the AIT Facebook page said earlier Thursday that the shutdown, which started midnight December 21, will have little affect on its operations other than that its Facebook account will not be updated regularly until full operations resume, with the exception of urgent safety and security information, as in line with worldwide guidelines.

The U.S. federal government shutdown came after Congress and the White House failed to reach a deal Friday night to avert the shuttering of several departments, according to foreign media reports.

This is the first time in 40 years that the government has been closed three times in a year, the reports said.

(By Joseph Yeh)