Geneva, The United Kingdom will continue to call for Taiwan to be allowed to participate in World Health Assembly (WHA) meetings as an observer, Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field said Tuesday.
In a written response to a letter from the British-Taiwanese All-Party Parliamentary Group, Field said the U.K. and other like-minded countries had asked the World Health Organization (WHO) to let Taiwan join the WHA this year as an observer.
Even with Taiwan's exclusion this year, the British government will continue to support Taiwan's participation in the WHA, Field wrote.
He was responding to a May 14 letter from Nigel Evans, chair of the British-Taiwanese All-Party Parliamentary Group to Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson, asking what actions his office would take, given Taiwan's predicament.
In the lead up to the 71st WHA meeting in Geneva this week, many countries have voiced support for Taiwan's participation as an observer.
Taiwan did not receive an invitation to the meeting this year.
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