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President Tsai receives WMA delegation

President Tsai Ing-wen received a delegation from the World Medical Association at the Presidential Office Dec. 11 in Taipei City, pledging to continue working with Taiwan’s like-minded partners to further their contributions to global health.
According to the PO, the group comprised Dr. Lujain Alqodmani and Dr. Otmar Kloiber, president and secretary-general, respectively, of the France-based nongovernmental organization. The group is in Taiwan for the International Symposium on the Global Health Security and Medical Care System jointly organized with Taiwan Medical Association, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
The president praised the WMA for staunchly defending health security and the rights and interests of physicians around the world with professional impartiality. She also thanked the NGO for its longstanding support for Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Organization and World Health Assembly.
Tsai said during the COVID-19 pandemic, Taiwan shared its experiences in combating the pandemic with the world and provided medical assistance to help its allies enhance the quality of their healthcare. The government remains committed to joining forces with many more countries to show how Taiwan Can Help optimize the medical environment for all, she added.
Later the same day, Foreign Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu met with the delegation and briefed the guests on the country’s major policies such as net-zero carbon emissions, energy transition, youth education and female empowerment.
In response, Alqodmani stressed the importance of Taiwan’s WHO inclusion and said the WMA will continue to support Taiwan and expand its partnership with TMA. Kloiber said given Taiwan’s achievements in pandemic management and universal healthcare coverage, its presence at the WHO would have a positive impact on the global health system. (SFC-E)
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