By: Emerson Lim and Tai Ya-chen
Taipei, Feb. 13 (CNA) Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, the United Kingdom's Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the United Nations, has expressed support for Taiwan's participation in international organizations, the British Office Taipei said in a statement released Wednesday.
"We support Taiwan's participation in international organizations where statehood is not a prerequisite, and Taiwan can make a valuable contribution," Lord Ahmad was quoted as saying.
He made the statement in the House of Lords Feb. 10, said the office, the U.K.'s de facto embassy in Taiwan in the absence of diplomatic relations between London and Taipei.
"We remain very clear, with our like-minded partners, that Taiwan's contribution to those organizations is important and that it has a vital role to play," Lord Ahmad said, commenting on Taiwan's efforts to participate in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the World Health Organizations (WHO). [FULL STORY]