The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) expressed hopes today that the World Health Organization (WHO) would further acknowledge the existence of Taiwan despite the alleged pressure from China.
Authorities were responding to the WHO’s statement earlier that day claiming that the WHO has had continuous exchanges of information with Taiwan.
The MOFA hopes that the WHO can still invite Taiwan as an observer to attend the World Health Assembly (WHA), and wholly include Taiwan in the discussion of virus-prevention.
MOFA Director-General of the Department of International Organizations, Bob Chen, (陳龍錦) acknowledged that WHO has started to take Taiwan seriously, Taiwan is still included among the affected areas in China. The self-ruled nation is also barred from participating in the WHO.
Even if the WHO was in discussions with experts from Taiwan, Chen said, Taiwan cannot gain timely information from other countries, and vice versa.
Chen stressed that due to political reasons, Taiwan has not participated in the WHA since 2017 and has been rejected from numerous world health discussions without explicit reasons.
Though Taiwan has participated in some meetings, the country has yet to be invited to experimental web-based meetings.
Hopefully, the WHO can invite Taiwan to participate in the WHA as an observer, and accept Taiwan without preconditions, Chen added.