COVID-19: US demands WHO invite Taiwan to meeting

Channel News Asia
Date: 07 May 2020

Students wearing face masks as a preventive measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 collect their lunch at an elementary school in Taipei. (AFP/Sam Yeh)

WASHINGTON: The United States on Wednesday (May 6) urged the World Health Organization to defy Chinese pressure and invite Taiwan to its annual meeting, which will discuss the coronavirus pandemic.

The United States itself has yet to confirm its participation in the May 18-19 talks of the World Health Assembly, which comes after President Donald Trump vowed to slash funding for the UN body.

"I want to call on all nations, including those in Europe, to support Taiwan's participation as an observer at the World Health Assembly and other relevant United Nations venues," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters.

"I also call upon WHO Director-General Tedros (Adhanom Ghebreyesus) to invite Taiwan to observe this month's WHA, as he has the power to do, and as his predecessors have done on multiple occasions," he said.    [FULL  STORY]

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