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Taiwan's Participation in the World Health Assembly

Press Statement
Robert Wood
Acting Department Spokesman, Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
April 29, 2009


The United States welcomes the announcement that the World Health Organization (WHO) has invited Taiwan to attend this year’s World Health Assembly (WHA), the supreme governing body of the WHO, as an observer under the name “Chinese Taipei.” We have long supported Taiwan’s meaningful participation in the WHO, including observer status at the WHA. We look forward to the participation of Taiwan at the WHA and the benefits Taiwan’s public health expertise will bring to the international community.

PRN: 2009/396


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