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Focus shifts from evacuation to the delivery of aid supplies

posted on 13/08/2006: 846 views

The UAE Ambassador to Lebanon has said that after a month of evacuating UAE nationals and expatriates his job is now to focus on delivering aid to the displaced people in Lebanon. Mohammed Sultan Al Suwaidi, who has been the ambassador in Beirut for the past three years, said the war in the country had brought unprecedented challenges to his office.

Al Suwaidi not only played a major role in the evacuation of about 5,000 people from Beirut to Damascus but also helped negotiate the safe delivery of thousands of tonnes of aid to Lebanon. He also attended a pivotal Arab League meeting in Beirut on Monday. Al Suwaidi actively participated in the meeting with UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan that took place at Parliament House in Lebanese capital.

"It has been a busy month but we have done whatever we could to help our own people and the people of Lebanon,” Al Suwaidi said about his hectic schedule. "Now our job is mostly concentrating on delivering the aid from the UAE.” Aid from the country was originally sent by land but following an attack on a convoy of 24 UAE ambulances in July other avenues were sought.

Since July 26, the UAE Air Force has been flying in two planes a day with emergency supplies to Lebanon. "This attack on the convoy was a terrible thing to happen but the air bridge has proved to be a great success,” Al Suwaidi added.

"This was a positive meeting in which we made it clear that we supported the Lebanese government's seven points to be included in the United Nations Security Council's resolution,” Al Suwaidi said. He lauded the efforts of the UAE Red Crescent Society, which has been instrumental in the delivery of aid and said it would continue to help the Lebanese people long after the war had ended. (Emirates Today)


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