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UAE Relief Forces return home

posted on 29/09/2010: 791 views

The Relief Forces mobilised by the UAE Armed Forces returned home yesterday from Pakistan after successfully completing its humanitarian operations, which were ordered by President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to provide aid and assistance to the people displaced by the recent floods that swept across that country.

Ruler's Representative in the Western Region HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan was among the first to welcome the Force as they arrived at the Bateen Executive Airport in Abu Dhabi.

Among those who were present to receive them were Lt. General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi, Chief of Staff of the armed forces, Major General Ali Mohamed Sabih Al Kaabi, Deputy Chief of Staff of the armed forces, Major General pilot Mohammed bin Suwaidan Said Al Qamzi Commander of the Air Force and Air Defence, Chancellor Ibrahim Boumelha Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Foundation and senior officials of the UAE Red Crescent Authority, Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation and Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Charitable Foundation and a number of officers from the armed forces.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed reiterated UAE's commitment to extend helping hand to the needy people in various parts of the world following the principles established by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. This humanitarian approach has been followed by President H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Their Highnesses the UAE Supreme Council Members and Rulers of emirates and General HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces, he added.

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed noted that UAE Relief Forces were among the first to arrive in the worst hit regions in Pakistan for humanitarian operations in the wake of the recent flooding. The UAE Force made every possible effort to alleviate the sufferings of the people hit by the floods, he added.

He also noted that the international organisations and the Pakistani leadership had hailed the efficiency enjoyed by members of the force in providing aid and assistance to the people displaced by the natural disaster.

He added that the mission of the UAE Relief Force was carried out as part of UAE's commitment to strengthen cooperation and human solidarity with the launch of many initiatives and programs in the arena of charitable work and philanthropy on the regional and international levels.

He stressed that this approach contributed to the establishment of close ties between the UAE and the brotherly and friendly countries. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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