The us secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused Tuesday the director general of the world Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, of having been “bought” by the chinese government, say two u.k. daily newspapers on Wednesday.
According to the Times and the Daily Telegraph, the head of the american diplomacy made the remarks Tuesday morning in London at a meeting closed to the press with members of parliament in the uk, the two newspapers, citing remarks reported by the participants.
According to these sources, Mr. Pompeo has estimated that the failures of the WHO, organization is “political” rather than based on science, have resulted in ” dead british “. The United Kingdom regrets over 45 000 deaths in the COVID-19.
“When things started to move, the most important moment, when there was a pandemic in China, Dr. Tedros, who has been… purchased by the chinese government, I can’t say more, but I can say this, I say that based on sound information, an agreement had been reached” on the occasion of the election of Mr. Tedros at the head of the WHO, said Mr. Pompeo, reports the Daily Telegraph.
“There was an agreement for this election, and when things started to move, you have the British dead, because of the agreement that has been concluded “, he added, according to the newspaper.
These remarks were made during a meeting hosted by the Henry Jackson Society, a think-tank described by the Times as a supporter of a hard line in the face of Beijing, two weeks after the United States officially launched their removal procedure of the WHO, which Washington accuses of having been slow to react to the pandemic of novel coronavirus.
“WHO is not aware of such statements, but we reject any attack ad hominem and allegation to be unfounded,” said the Daily Telegraph, a spokesman for the un organization, which calls on countries to remain focused on the response to the pandemic.
During his visit to London, after the british government of Boris Johnson has decided to exclude the telecom equipment chinese Huawei for its network to 5G in a dramatic reversal, the us secretary of State has called on the world to stand up to China.
After his visit to London, Mike Pompeo arrived Wednesday morning to Copenhagen, where in particular it must meet the first Danish minister Mette Frederiksen and her counterpart Jeppe Kofod.