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Taiwan, Palau join hands to combat human trafficking

TAIPEI (Central News Agency/Pacnews) — Palau signed an accord Friday to cooperate with Taiwan on immigration affairs and the prevention of human trafficking, according to a statement released by Taiwan’s embassy in Palau.

Palau’s Minister of State Billy G. Kuartei signed the pact at the embassy witnessed by Taiwan Ambassador to Palau Michael Tseng and local officials responsible for immigration and foreign workers’ affairs, the statement said.

Tseng was cited in the statement as saying that the accord, the 12th between Taiwan and Palau, took effect immediately.

Under the pact, the two countries will boost cooperation on immigration affairs and work to combat human trafficking, Tseng said, adding that Taiwan and Palau will also strengthen information sharing, personnel exchanges and training.

Palau is one of 22 countries maintaining diplomatic relations with Taiwan which calls itself the “Republic of China.” China considers Taiwan a “renegade province.”