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Taiwan delegation arrives in Geneva for 75th WHA assembly

Deputy health minister hopes to hold sideline meetings with WHA member states

Deputy Health Minister Lee Li-fen will be in Geneva for May 22-28 WHA. 

Deputy Health Minister Lee Li-fen will be in Geneva for May 22-28 WHA.  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Deputy Minister of Health and Welfare Lee Li-fen (李麗芬), who is leading a delegation of health officials, has arrived in Geneva, Switzerland, to hold meetings with other nations on the sidelines of the 75th World Health Assembly (WHA).

Upon her arrival, Lee said she would try her best to hold bilateral talks with friendly nations. In the delegation are four politicians, including Kuomintang Legislators Lee De-wei (李德維) and Chen Yu-chen (陳玉珍), Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Lin Ching-yi (林靜儀), and New Power Party Legislator Wang Wan-yu (王婉諭).

When asked what kind of strategy Taiwan should use to join the WHA, Lin said Taiwan uses various methods each year. For example, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has promoted WHA participation through Taiwan's allies and like-minded nations.

During the pandemic, the world has become more aware of Taiwan's contributions to medical and public health, Lin said, adding that she believes there will be more countries who understand Taiwan's special situation and agree it should join international organizations and work with the world.

Lin explained that the observation team will note the achievements and current status of Taiwan’s diplomatic efforts to participate in the WHA. The team also represents the strength and voice of the Taiwanese, she said.

The people of Taiwan want to work together with the world to defend public health and carry out medical-related work, she added.