Taiwan’s envoy attends US-led anti-IS coalition meeting

Taiwan's top envoy to the United States, Stanley Kao, attended a meeting of the US-led coalition to counter the militant group Islamic State (IS). US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson presided over the meeting on Wednesday in Washington. It was the first such meeting since President Donald Trump took office in January.

The meeting came on the same day as a terrorist attack near the Houses of Parliament in London. The attack left five people dead and 40 injured. The perpetrator was shot dead by police.

Taiwan's participation in the anti-IS coalition has been in the area of humanitarian assistance. Such efforts include the donation of 350 temporary housing units for refugees in Iraq displaced by IS in 2014. Taiwan also donated US$100,000 to help provide shelter for refugees in that area.

Kao attended the meeting along with officials representing 67 other members of the global coalition. The coalition was established in 2014 under the Obama administration. Other coalition partners from the Asia-Pacific region include Afghanistan, Australia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea.

Source: Radio Taiwan International