By vera Samuel Anyagafu
The representative of the Taiwan in Nigeria, Mr. Andy Yih-Ping Liu has commended the US government’s support for Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Assembly.
According to Liu in a two page statement made available to newsmen in the week, G7 Foreign and Development Ministers from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States unanimously supported Taiwan in their Summit Statement held May 5, 2021.
Liu stated that the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard, had rightfully indicated in her remarkable letter titled, ‘Taiwan’s exclusion from WHA undermines global health’ dated May 26,2021, that Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Assembly was in line with the Motto, ‘Health for all’ of World Health Organization (WHO)
He went on to say that the US Ambassador also stated that Taiwan’s participation would provide the opportunity that the global community would benefit from Taiwan’s successful public health and medical model of protecting citizens from the COVID-19 pandemic and that the Taiwanese people were pleased with Amb. Leonard’s widely published letter by the Nigerian media, as well as appreciative of the US support.
“Amb. Leonard’s letter and the G7 Summit Statement, together with the more than 1,700 parliamentarians from 80 countries, Liu stated, have all indicated that Taiwan can really provide what the world health system needs in this challenging time.
Therefore, the ‘Taiwan Model’ of successfully developing our economy and our democracy, together with the valuable experience fighting against the horrible COVID-19 invasion can steadfastly help any country that would like to cooperate with Taiwan in sharing the best ways of promoting humanitarian welfare for all walk of lives.
Just like during our assistance in São Tomé and Príncip e in the elimination of malaria and development cooperation projects in the Kingdom of Eswatini have demonstrated that we, the Taiwanese people and government are always ready to help, and we’re helping all the time”, Liu added.
While also quoting from paragraph 18 of the statement which says, ‘We support Taiwan’s meaningful participation in World Health Organisation forums and the World Health Assembly’, Liu, reiterated his home government’s commitment to always remain, true and unselfish partner to their African friends, especially Nigerians.
His words, ‘’We the people of Taiwan have worked so the hard in the last several decades to develop ourselves and have become a true living example of Success Story and the Force of Good through economic growth, democratization, public health for all citizens, respect of human right, and rule-base governance.
‘’We have come a long way, and our trail-blazing model of development and valuable experience of fighting off the COVID-19 virus especially, has become a world phenomenon, not just being appreciated by the global society but also being praised as ‘Taiwan can help’ in this challenging time of COVID-19 pandemic.
‘’We believe wholeheartedly, exactly like US Amb. Leonard clearly depicted, that our valuable experience and technical know-how will benefit whoever like to reach out, and we’ll definitely help each other in this challenging time of COVID-19 pandemic’’.