Taiwan’s chances of attending WHA in May slim: Foreign Ministry

  • 24 March, 2020
  • Paula Chao
Foreign Ministry official Bob Chen says Taiwan’s chances of receiving an invitation to attend the WHA are slim.

The foreign ministry says Taiwan’s chances of receiving an invitation to attend the World Health Assembly (WHA) in May are slim.

The WHA, the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO), is scheduled to hold its annual event in mid-May in Geneva. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual meeting could be held online, postponed or even cancelled.

Foreign Ministry official Bob Chen said on Tuesday that the WHO has yet to send letters of invitation to other countries. But he said it’s unlikely that Taiwan will stand a chance of receiving an invitation from its director-general to attend the WHA as an observer this year.

Chen said Taiwan would like to make contributions to the world, regardless of how the meeting is held. To push for Taiwan’s bid, he said the government has asked allies and other like-minded countries to speak out in favor of Taiwan.

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