Palau asked to support inclusion of Taiwan in World Health Organization

Palau President Tommy Remengesau Jr. said Palau welcomes the opportunity to stand side-by-side with the U.S. in the cause.

The U.S. Congress is appealing for Palau’s support on the call for the inclusion of Taiwan in the World Health Organization, emphasizing Taiwan’s significant resources and assets that can be harnessed in the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The Chairpersons of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations sent the request to Palau President Tommy Remengesau Jr. and the Palau government.

In their joint statement, they said: “As the world works to combat the spread of the COVID-19, a novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China, it has never been more important to ensure all that countries prioritize global health and safety over politics. We, therefore, urge your government to join the United States and a growing number of countries in calling for an end to the Government of the People’s Republic of China’s efforts to exclude Taiwan from international organizations, especially the World Health Organization (WHO).

In response, Remengesau Jr, says Palau welcomes the opportunity to stand side-by-side with the US in the cause. He added that the fight for fair treatment by multilateral organizations is an important component of its joint mission to ensure a free, peaceful, and prosperous Indo-Pacific.