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PM Abe says he has no intention to cut funding for WHO

  • April 18, 2020
  • , Nikkei
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The Saturday edition of Nikkei reported that Prime Minister Abe said at a press conference on Friday that he has no intention to cut Japan’s funding for the WHO and said nations must support the UN health agency. Concerning President Trump’s criticism that the WHO is biased toward China, the premier reportedly pointed out: “The organization does face challenges. We should fully verify its function after the coronavirus outbreak has been contained.” The paper wrote that the G7 leaders also discussed the WHO during their teleconference held on Thursday, saying that Foreign Minister Motegi disclosed to the press that Abe called on the international community to unite around the WHO in order to respond to the infectious disease that is having severe repercussions for the world. The Saturday edition of Yomiuri carried a similar report, adding that the U.S., the current chair of the G7, announced that the G7 leaders confirmed the need for thorough verification and reform of the WHO.

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