Taipei, Members of the African Formosa Club expressed their support for Taiwan’s bid to participate in the World Health Organization (WHO) during its virtual founding ceremony on Tuesday, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).
It means the Formosa Club — an inter-parliamentary platform that will seek to promote exchanges between foreign nations and Taiwan — now has a branch in Africa, after similar groups were established in Europe last year and in Latin America earlier this year.
The Formosa Club is founded on the recognition of our shared values of freedom, democracy, rule of law, and the protection of human rights, said Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) in a congratulatory video.
Wu thanked the 181 parliamentarians from 29 African countries who founded the club for their support, vowing to further strengthen ties between the two sides.
He thanked them in particular for their support for Taiwan to be included in the WHO, adding that Taiwan could contribute to concerted efforts across the globe to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Such support have been widely known, strongly felt and deeply appreciated by the people of Taiwan,” he said.
Founding members of the club included Ahmed Yasin Ayanle, deputy speaker of Somaliland’s House of the Representatives, John Steenhuisen, a South African politician who has been serving as the federal leader of the country’s Democratic Alliance, as well as Petros Mavimbela, speaker of the House of Assembly of Eswatini.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel