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L. Linkevičius discusses Taiwan’s participation in WHO

Created: 2020.05.13 / Updated: 2020.05.13 16:54

On 13 May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius had a telephone conversation with Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). The interlocutors discussed topical issues of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Taiwan’s participation in the WHO and a possible invitation to a session of the World Health Assembly as observer on 18 May.

“Lithuania adheres to the “One-China” policy and is not trying to challenge it. However, the participation of Taiwanese experts in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the sharing of experience, is beneficial to all. I hope that a consensus will be reached on the participation of Taiwanese experts in a way that would not violate the principles and rules of international organizations," said L. Linkevičius.

Taiwan has recorded 440 confirmed cases as of 13 May. 375 Covid-19 patients have recovered and seven have died. The country has a population of about 23 million.

A donation of 100,000 medical masks from Taiwan arrived in Lithuania on 20 April.

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