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R.O.C. passport holders can now obtain visa waivers, landing visas or e-visas to 164 countries and territories after three more countries recently granted Taiwan such privileges, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Friday.
 
'Security checks' on foreigners amid IS threat
A Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) official said on Thursday that the government has a process involving multiple security checks before approving visas for Indonesian workers. MOFA's statement was released following a recent warning issued by a senior Indonesian official who said that some Indonesian migrant workers could have been recruited by Islamic State (IS).
 
President Ma Ying-jeou invited the Philippines Thursday to send representatives or lawyers to visit Taiwan-held Taiping Island in the disputed South China Sea to obtain correct knowledge of the island.
 
Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan on Thursday expressed condolences to Belgium's representative to Taiwan over the loss of life and injuries in a terror attack in Brussels earlier in the week.
 
Prove ROC boats were poaching when shot, gov't asks Indonesia
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) yesterday met with deputy Indonesian representative to Taiwan to express grave concern over fishing boats shooting incident.
 
A training program aimed at cultivating professional medical personnel from Taiwan's diplomatic allies and friendly countries will kick off later this month, the Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF, 國合會) announced on Tuesday, March 22.
 
Media trip to Taiping to be staged later this month: Minister Lin
Foreign Minister David Lin (林永樂) on Monday said a planned trip arranged for foreign press to visit a Taiwan-controlled island in the South China Sea will be staged later this month.
 
Ties with Sao Tome and Principe deserve attention: MOFA
A Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) official on Monday issued a warning that the nation's diplomatic relations with an African ally, Sao Tome and Principe, need to be closely watched.
 
The Liuchiu Fishermen's Association demanded Monday that Indonesia apologize for allegedly shooting at two Taiwanese fishing boats in the Strait of Malacca earlier in the day.
 
President-elect Tsai Ing-wen has decided to appoint former Premier Frank Hsieh as Taiwan's next representative to Japan after she assumes office in May, a local newspaper has reported.
 
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