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US apologizes to Taiwan over fingerprinting of diplomat

US apologizes to Taiwan over fingerprinting of diplomat - Taiwan official

TAIPEI (AFX-ASIA) - The US has apologized to Taiwan after the island's de facto ambassador to Washington was fingerprinted and photographed upon arrival in the country, despite his diplomatic status, foreign ministry spokesman Richard Shih said.
Newly appointed David Ta Wei Lee was fingerprinted and photographed at Washington's Dulles International Airport last month even after US officials there to meet him explained his status, under which he would normally avoid such a process.
'The US Department of State and AIT (American Institute in Taiwan) acting chairman and managing director William Brown have voiced apologies to Lee,' Shih told Agence France-Presse.
AIT (LSE: AGP.L - news) has handled civil contacts between Washington and Taipei since the United States switched its diplomatic recognition to Beijing in 1979.
Shih dismissed suggestions that the diplomatic bungle was a sign of poor relations between Taipei and Washington.
'Some US customs officials were not familiar with their duties because of job transfer,' Shih said. 'The US government has promised such event would not happen again.'

US apologizes to Taiwan over fingerprinting of diplomat - Taiwan official