WHO says it wants to keep working with US

GENEVA: The World Health Organization said on Monday (Jun 1) it wanted to keep working with the United States despite President Donald Trump's decision to cut ties with the UN health agency.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said US involvement with the organisation had made a "great difference" over the decades and "it is WHO's wish for this collaboration to continue".

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Trump said on Friday he was severing US ties with the WHO, which he says failed to do enough to combat the initial spread of the novel coronavirus.

READ: Trump says terminating US relationship with World Health Organization over COVID-19

Trump first suspended funding to the agency a month ago, accusing it of mismanaging its handling of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

He has accused the Geneva-based organisation of being a "puppet" of China.

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"We have received questions about Friday's announcement by the president of the United States of America," Tedros told a virtual press conference.

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