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Friday, May 22, 2009 Honourable Stephenson King, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, in a letter to His Excellency Tom Chou, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan), expresses his “sincere congratulations” to the Government of Taiwan on the “momentous and historic occasion” for being invited as an observer to participate in the World Health Assembly (WHA) which is held in Geneva from 18th to 22nd May.  Prime Minister King also pledges “Saint Lucia’s full support for Taiwan’s quest to become a full-fledged member of the United Nations.“  In addition, King looks forward to Taiwan’s contribution to this most crucial WHA meeting.


World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan had formally invited Taiwan’s Minister of Health to lead a delegation to participate in the World Health Assembly (WHA) in the capacity of an observer.  Taiwan’s presence in the WHA exemplifies the first time at any Specialized Agencies under the UN since 1971, especially at the critical time of combating global threat of AH1N1. 


Upon receiving instruction from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan, Ambassador Tom Chou immediately wrote a letter to inform Prime Minister King, expressing Taiwan’s profound gratitude for the staunch support from the Government and people of Saint Lucia in the past two years for Taiwan’s appeal to participate in WHO.  Without the strong and unreserved support from all Taiwan’s diplomatic allies like Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in the Eastern Caribbean, and many other friendly countries like the US, Japan, the European Union, Canada, etc. it would not have been possible for Taiwan to meaningfully participate in the WHO this year.


In this year’s WHA Saint Lucia is represented by Honourable Dr. Keith Mondesir, Minister for Health Wellness, Family Affairs, National Mobilization, Human Service and Gender Relations.

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