Taiwan's Foreign Ministry on Thursday has rejected the accusations from the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) that it had used racist slurs against him.
The accusation is "groundless", he added. On Wednesday, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said "racist slurs" had been made against him, which he said had originated in Taiwan.
Labeling the accusations as "imaginary", the island’s Foreign Ministry said: "We are a mature and highly-accomplished advanced democratic country, and have absolutely not instigated our people to personally attack the WHO's Director General, and have absolutely not made any racist comments," it said.
Tedros' comments were irresponsible and he should clarify them and apologise to Taiwan, demanded the statement. Taiwan is currently not a member of the WHO.