Taiwan has not received an invitation to attend for the fifth year in a row.
Thirteen of Taiwan’s diplomatic allies have lodged formal appeals with the World Health Organization (WHO) calling for Taiwan to take part as an observer. The news comes just three days before the official opening of the 74th World Health Assembly on May 24.
Taiwan has not received an invitation to attend for the fifth year in a row. That goes back to 2017, when China blocked Taiwan from attending because of its opposition to Taiwan’s new government.
According to the WHO, all of Taiwan’s fifteen diplomatic allies filed appeals apart from the Vatican and Paraguay. The foreign ministry says that Paraguay has expressed its report separately in the form of a letter. The foreign ministry says it welcomes support of Taiwan’s international presence in all forms. Meanwhile, the Vatican is only a permanent observer at the assembly, not a full member. It rarely speaks on political issues.
The WHO’s general affairs department will now review the proposal by Taiwan’s allies, before deciding whether to put it on the assembly’s agenda.