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WHO's Tedros has 'no mandate' to invite Taiwan, lawyer says

'Only member states' can decide who attends World Health Assembly

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference on the novel coronavirus in Geneva, Switzerland.    © Reuters

GENEVA (Reuters) -- The World Health Organization's director general has "no mandate" to invite Taiwan to take part in its assembly next week, the body's lawyer said on Monday, adding member states had "divergent views" on the self-ruled island's participation.

WHO principal legal officer Steven Solomon told and online news briefing that only member states could decide who attends the World Health Assembly (WHA).

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