At least 25 nations to back Taiwan at WHA: ministry

Taipei Times
Date: May 18, 2018
By: Staff writer, with CNA

At least 25 nations will voice their support for Taiwan’s participation at the World Health

Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu yesterday speaks during a Foreign and National Defense Committee meeting at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei. Photo: Huang Yao-cheng, Taipei Times

Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said yesterday.

Department of International Organizations Director-General Michael Hsu (徐佩勇) told a meeting of the Legislative Yuan’s Foreign and National Defense Committee that at least 25 diplomatic allies and countries that share the same values as Taiwan would speak out for the nation’s participation as an observer at this year’s WHA, which opens on Monday.

The number of countries could exceed 25, Hsu said.

Sixteen diplomatic partners have written a joint letter to the WHO asking that their proposal to “have Taiwan participate as an observer at this year’s WHA be included in the 2018 agenda of the WHA, a ministry official familiar with the matter said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Taiwan launched its efforts to join the global healthcare body in 1997, but did not get invited to attend the WHA as an observer until 2009, when the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) was in office. The nation did not receive an invite last year and this year.

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