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UAE participates in quake donors meeting

posted on 28/10/2005: 888 views



Geneva - Mohammed bin Hussein Al Sha'ali, the UAE Representative and head of its permanent mission to the European Headquarters of the United Nations, took part in the meeting of the donor countries to discuss means for providing aid to the communities hit by the earthquake that struck South Asia on October 8.



Al Sha'ali delivered a speech before the meeting which was attended by the UN Secretary Kofi Annan and representatives of donor and hit countries. Al Sha'ali detailed the efforts being made by the UAE to provide relief to the quake victims and President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan's orders to allocate 100 million US dollars as an emergency aid to Pakistan.



He expressed UAE thanks to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs for its efforts and offered UAE people's sympathy with the victims of the earthquake.



Al Sha'ali also pledged UAE's continuous support to the countries hit by the earthquake, saying that the meeting was sending a message to the people in those countries that the international community feels obliged to stand by them in their ordeal.



"The UAE moved quickly to provide relief and aid to the victims. President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan ordered allocation of a 100 million dollar emergency aid to Pakistan, while government and non-government humanitarian agencies were involved in the relief, search and rescue efforts from day one," he said.



Al Sha'ali said that the Mohammed bin Rashid Establishment for Humanitarian Works offered medical aid, as well as clothes and shelters.



A women delegation visited Pakistan to provide medical aid to the victims while the UAE Red Crescent has been engaged in distributing tents, blankets, foodstuff and medical materials.



He also mentioned UAE's initiative of setting up a 100-bed field hospital which is now offering treatment services to 500-1,000 cases daily. A number of victims were airlifted for treatment in the UAE. An air-bridge between the UAE and Pakistan was established to ferry hundreds of tonnes of relief materials. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)

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