New York, Sept. 25 (CNA) Leaders of Taiwan's diplomatic allies continued to voice support for Taiwan's international participation on the fourth day of an annual U.N. debate, citing Taiwan's humanitarian assistance in the global COVID-19 response.
Tuvalu Prime Minister Kausea Natano and his counterpart in Eswatini Ambrose Dlamini both spoke up on Taiwan's behalf during the general debate of the 75th U.N. General Assembly, which began on Sept. 22 and will last until Sept. 29.
Natano said the COVID-19 pandemic is a global problem that needs a global response and regretted that the Republic of China (ROC), Taiwan's formal name, continues to be kept out of the U.N. system.
Natano said Taiwan has managed the pandemic well and has performed effectively on several Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), stressing that it is in a much better position than most to help rebuild the international community.
"Tuvalu strongly supports the ROC's readmission into the U.N. as a founding member of the U.N., and its active participation in U.N. specialized agencies, including the WHO and ICAO," he further said, referring to the World Health Organization and International Civil Aviation Organization.
Taiwan left the U.N. in 1971 when China took its place, and has since been excluded from its special agencies.
Dlamini, for his part, pointed out that the continued denial of the right of the Taiwanese people to participate in the U.N. system was among some political issues that have continued to fester for too long.
"Taiwan has shown significant commitment to the ideals of the United Nations and has aligned her priorities with those of the organization," he said.
"In these uncertain times, where resources are dwindling, Taiwan has not only expressed commitment towards collaborative global citizenship, but has shown manifest support to development initiatives undertaken by some of our countries and, in particular, the Kingdom of Eswatini," Dlamini said.
Following their speeches, seven of Taiwan's 15 diplomatic allies have spoken up on its behalf during the debate. They were Palau, Paraguay, Marshall Islands, Haiti, Nauru, Tuvalu and Eswatini.
Meanwhile, Pope Francis, representing the Vatican, Taiwan's only diplomatic ally in Europe, did not mention Taiwan during his remarks at Friday's debate.
Taiwan's Foreign Ministry has said several times that the Vatican is not a secular state and its foreign relations focus on global pastoral and evangelical work.
Three more of Taiwan's diplomatic allies -- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Christopher and Nevis and Saint Lucia -- are set to speak on Saturday.
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Tuvalu Prime Minister Kausea Natano (left) and his counterpart in Eswatini Ambrose Dlamini. From UN