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Taiwan News Quick Take

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ENVIRONMENT

US officials arrive for talks

Two US officials arrived in Taipei on Thursday for a four-day trip to discuss international fisheries and marine conservation, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said on Thursday. The officials are David Balton, deputy assistant secretary for oceans and fisheries at the US Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, and Russell Smith III, deputy assistant secretary for International Fisheries at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Before departing tomorrow, Balton and Smith are scheduled to deliver speeches at the Chinese Society of International Law and meet with government officials and representatives from civic groups, the AIT said.

FOREIGN AID

NGOs urged to offer Iraq aid

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is encouraging local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to offer aid to refugees in Iraq displaced by the Islamic State (IS) militant group, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. “We would encourage local groups to offer help, and the government will also provide assistance to facilitate such humanitarian aid,” Deparment of NGO International Affairs Director-General Ray Mou (牟華瑋) told reporters on Thursday. Mou’s remarks came after the ministry announced last month that the nation would donate 350 temporary housing units for refugees in northern Iraq. The project, worth US$1.15 million, is already being processed, he said. Meanwhile, Mou said the ministry has also urged NGOs operating in the region to pay extra attention to their safety in light of several situations recently in which the IS has taken foreigners hostage.

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