By: Hsu Wei-ting, Emerson Lim and Matthew Mazzetta
Washington, April 2 (CNA) The U.S. State Department on Thursday said it recently held a virtual forumwith counterparts in Taiwan on the topic of expanding Taiwan's participation on the global stage.
The discussion, which took place Tuesday, focused on "creating forums to share the successful and internationally lauded Taiwan model on fighting COVID-19 with countries around the world," the State Department said in a press release.
The two sides also discussed efforts to reinstate Taiwan's observer status at the World Health Assembly (WHA), and establishing closer coordination between Taiwan and the World Health Organization (WHO), the statement said. Taiwan is not a member of the WHO.
The state department said its participants included Pam Pryor, Atul Keshap, Jonathan Fritz and Nerissa Cook — all senior executive service officials — as well as American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director Brett Christensen. [FULL STORY]