U.S. secretary of state urges WHO chief to invite Taiwan to WHA

Focus Taiwan
Date: 05/07/2020
By: Stacy Hsu, Tang Pei-chun and Joseph Yeh

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (CNA File Photo)

Washington, May 6 (CNA) United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday called on the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) to invite Taiwan to this year's World Health Assembly (WHA), saying it is within a WHO director-general's power to do so.

In a press briefing, Pompeo reiterated Washington's support for Taipei's participation as an observer in this year's WHA, the decision-making body of the WHO, which will be held online from May 18-19 due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

"Today I want to call upon all nations, including those in Europe, to support Taiwan's participation as an observer at the World Health Assembly and in other relevant United Nations venues," he said.

He also urged WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to invite Taiwan to the WHA, "as he has the power to do, and as his predecessors have done on multiple occasions."

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