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Taiwan's bid to take part in WHO annual assembly fails

Taiwan's bid to take part in WHO annual assembly fails

FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured outside a building of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, April 6, 2021. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

GENEVA: Taiwan's bid to take part in the annual ministerial assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) formally ended on Monday (May 24), despite support from a handful of countries including allies of the United States.

The decision not to include Taiwan on the agenda, taken by WHO's general committee, was announced by Bhutan's Health Minister Dasho Dechen Wangmo, who serves as president of the week-long assembly.

Minutes earlier in the debate, Chen Xu, China's ambassador to the UN in Geneva, called on countries supporting Taiwan's participation in the WHO ministerial assembly to "stop politicising the issue" and to uphold the 'One China' principle.

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Source: Reuters

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