Inhofe, Menendez Praise Senate Passage of Bill to Advance Taiwan Involvement at INTERPOL

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), co-chairs of the Senate Taiwan Caucus, yesterday praised the Senate passage of S. 2426 that allows Taiwan to participate in the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL).

“Taiwan is a steadfast friend and ally and deserves to be treated as such,” Inhofe said. “Over the years, I have supported legislation that assists Taiwan’s free trade and security initiatives and the recent partnership with INTERPOL furthers these goals. Now, not only can we continue to share values and beliefs with Taiwan, but we can also work together to combat terrorism.”

“As a cosponsor of this legislation, I am proud that Congress has again acted to recognize Taiwan as the responsible member of the international community that it is,” Menendez said. “Taiwan is both an important and an enduring security and economic partner of the United States.  Taiwan is also willing and able to play an important role in international counter-terrorism and anti-crime efforts.  I urge the Administration to move quickly to make that happen.”

This legislation directs the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to obtain observer status for Taiwan in the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL).

This legislation was passed by unanimous consent.

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