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British parliamentarian calls for Taiwan's inclusion at WHA
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London, May 9 (CNA) Lord Steel of Aikwood, co-chair of the British-Taiwanese All-Party Parliamentary Group of the U.K. Parliament, asked his government to support Taiwan's bid to attend the upcoming World Health Assembly (WHA), following Taipei's exclusion at the behest of Beijing.

In a letter sent to Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, Lord Steel asked the British government to "show its continued support for Taiwan's meaningful participation in the WHA, by writing to Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the WHO, urging the WHO Secretariat against serving the interest of any particular country and to issue an invitation to Taiwan in a timely manner."

"The WHO needs Taiwan to build a robust global health system and Taiwan needs WHO as well," he said.

Taiwan's constructive participation in WHO over the past eight years has enabled the nation to share experiences with other countries, to report and receive disease prevention information promptly, and to better contribute to health worldwide, he stressed.

Lord Steel led a delegation of British parliamentarians to Taiwan last month, meeting with President Tsai Ing-wen and health officials to promote bilateral ties.