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First batch of Khalifa's wheat aid to Yemen arrives

posted on 09/01/2009: 669 views


The first shipment of the UAE wheat assistance arrived yesterday at al-Salif seaport of Hodeidah governorate. Some 70,000 tons of wheat was unloaded yesterday.

The UAE president, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has ordered that 500,000 tons of wheat be offered to Yemen as a gift from the people of UAE to the Yemeni people to help improve living conditions there.

Ahmed Al Humeiri, Secretary General of Yemeni Ministry of Presidential Affairs, said his ministry was coordinating efforts with other relevant authorities to ensure fair distribution of wheat to the largest segments of beneficiaries.

Meanwhile, UAE Ambassador to Yemen Abdullah Mattar Al Mazrouei, stated that Sheikh Khalifa's wheat aid underlines the deep-rooted fraternal ties between peoples of the UAE and Yemen.

He hoped the assistance would contribute to alleviating living burden off the underprivileged group in Yemen.

Minister of Industry and Trade Dr Yahya al-Mutawakel paid tribute of the government and people of Yemen to Sheikh Khalifa for his generosity.

'This noble stance is no alien to the UAE President and highlights the historic bilateral bonds," he said.

A committee headed by Yemeni Finance Minister Numan Al Suhaibi will oversee distribution of wheat to all governorates.

About 1.5 million recipients under the Social Welfare Fund will receive the wheat. People affected by recent floods will also have their share from the grant. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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