By Stephen Wandera
KIU, Main Campus - Germany and France have quit talks on reforming the World Health Organization in frustration at attempts by the United States to lead the negotiations, despite its decision to leave the WHO, according to an exclusive reuters report.
According to the report, the United States gave the WHO a year’s notice in July that it is leaving the U.N. agency, which was created to improve health globally, after Trump accused it of being too close to China and having mishandled the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now it is emerging that Germany and France are pulling out of the talks citing the high handedness of the United States in the negotiations of reforming the World Health Organization yet it withdrew from funding WHO.
The WHO has dismissed his accusations and European governments have also criticised the WHO but do not go as far as the United States in their criticism, and the decision by Paris and Berlin to leave the talks follows tensions over what they say are Washington’s attempts to dominate the negotiations.
“Nobody wants to be dragged into a reform process and getting an outline for it from a country which itself just left the WHO,” a senior European official involved in the talks is quoted by reuters as having said.
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