US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has announced that he has asked the World Health Organization to allow Taiwan to attend the annual meeting later this month.

Taiwan used to attend the General Assembly as an observer, but has been uninvited in recent years due to opposition from China.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken issued a statement on the 7th, saying that the WHO's annual meeting to be held from the 24th of this month "is on the agenda of strengthening international cooperation to end the spread of the new coronavirus. We are trying to eliminate Taiwan again. "

Taiwan once attended the WHO's annual meeting as an observer, but has been uninvited by the WHO due to opposition from China since the inauguration of the Democratic Progressive Party's Tsai Ing-wen administration five years ago.

"There is no rational reason for Taiwan to continue to be excluded," Blinken said, calling on WHO to allow WHO to participate as an observer in Taiwan's annual meeting.

"Taiwan has vibrant democracy and the power to improve the world. Taiwan's exclusion will adversely affect the efforts of the international community to prevent future public health crises," Blinken said. It is said.

Regarding Taiwan's participation, the joint statement of the G7 = Foreign Ministers' Meeting of the Seven Major Countries held earlier also expressed its intention to support it.