By: Wang Cheng-chung and Lee Hsin-Yin
Taipei, Feb. 2 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Saturday thanked those allies and like-minded countries that expressed support at the recent World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board Meeting for Taiwan’s efforts to gain participation in the WHO.
The ministry extended gratitude to Taiwan’s allies Haiti, Paraguay, eSwatini, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras and the Solomon Islands and to the United States and Japan, which all spoke at the meeting in Geneva Jan. 24-Feb. 1 against Taiwan’s exclusion from the WHO.
Taiwan is hoping that the WHO will recognize its contribution to global health issues and will make practical arrangements for its inclusion in the international organization, the foreign ministry said in a statement.
It said Nicaragua Foreign Minister Denis Moncada and Health Minister Sonia Castro have also written to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, calling for Taiwan’s participation as an observer this year in the World Health Assembly (WHA), the decision-making body of the WHO. [FULL STORY]