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IAEA passes resolution for inspections in Iran; Saudi Arabia govt welcomes it
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IAEA passes resolution for inspections in Iran; Saudi Arabia govt welcomes it

The Saudi Arabia government has formally welcomed the IAEA resolution for Iran to allow access to its nuclear sites. The decision by nuclear watchdog calls the Iranian regime to allow weapons experts to access areas where the nuclear sites are located or where the country might have hidden atomic material.

The 25-member Board of Governors passed a resolution yesterday, 19 June asking Iran to comply with the decision. The IAEA Board suspects that two not in use sites in Iran might have nuclear weapons-making material.

The Saudi government representative at the IAEA Prince Abdullah bin Khalid bin Sultan said the Kingdom “supports” the resolution. The resolution is an important step to counter Iran’s efforts to circumvent and breach terms of international treaties and regime that controls the nuclear weapons program.

The resolution was proposed by the UK, Germany, and France.

Prior to this resolution, the Director-General of IAEA Rafael Grossi had expressed that the Islamic republic had denied access to inspectors to two suspected locations. Tehran has not allowed inspectors to visit this location for more than four months.

The IAEA has issued two reports early this year where it questioned the activities in three sites.

As per reports, these suspected sites must have been in existence since the early 2000s, whereas Iran signed the nuclear deal with major powers in 2015.    

The Iran Nuclear Deal was signed between Iran and P5+1 (comprising of the US, UK, France, Germany, Russia, China, and the EU). Under this arrangement, Tehran agreed to bring down its uranium enrichment activities, eliminate its stockpiled material, among other things. 

After the US walk out from the arrangement in May 2018, Iran is reported to have violated agreements signed in 2015. Since then the US President Donald Trump’s administration has imposed economic sanctions against Tehran. 

The Friday resolution tabled got the support of 25 countries, and seven abstentions. China and Russia voted against the decision.  The UK, France, and Germany staying with then deal want to persuade Iran to comply with the agreement instead of imposing stricter economic sanctions like the US.

Iran condemns the fresh sanctions against Syria
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Iran condemns the fresh sanctions against Syria

The day after the imposition of the stringent Caesar sanctions on Syria by the US, the regime’s allies came out to condemn this measure and pledge support for President Bashar al Assad.

On Wednesday, the United States imposed some of its most severe sanctions under the Caesar Act against the Bashar al Assad regime in Syria, blacklisting and banning people, governments and entities who assist the Syrian government in rebuilding activities in the territories controlled by it. Among those in the crosshairs is first lady Asma al Assad who has been getting more deeply involved with governance in the country. The foreign aid coming through her network of charities are accused of funnelling funds into regime coffers.

Iran and Hezbollah have come out to condemn the sanctions saying they were inhumane and came at a bad time, adding to the suffering of the Syrian people when the whole world was grappling with the coronavirus crisis. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi dismissed the unilateral sanctions as bullying and economic terrorism against the people of Syria. They were against international laws, he said, adding that Iran will stand by its ally, continuing and even bolstering economic trade with the regime. It is worth mentioning that Iran itself has been under heavy US sanctions since the collapse of the US nuclear deal in 2018. The Hezbollah has also spoken out against the sanctions, calling them cruel and an attempt to starve the Syrian and Lebanon, the Syrian regime’s last remaining ties to the outside world. A spokesperson for Hezbollah in Lebanon said that Syria has won the war militarily and politically and Caesar Act was the last weapon of the enemies against Damascus. He spoke about the US’ hand behind the collapse of the Syrian currency and he too vowed to stand by the regime, saying they will not abandon Syria to face this economic warfare alone.

UAE Ambassador to the US urges Israel to avoid conflict with the Arab world
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UAE Ambassador to the US urges Israel to avoid conflict with the Arab world

The UAE Ambassador to the United States and Minister of State, Yousef Al-Otaiba, wrote for the first time on the front page of the Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot, an article to address the Israeli people and their decision-makers on the risk of Palestinian territories’ annexation. This move, planned from early July, would represents the destruction of any further rapprochement between Israel and the Arab world.

“A unilateral and deliberate act, annexation is the illegal seizure of Palestinian land.  It defies the Arab – and indeed the international – consensus on the Palestinian right to self-determination.It will ignite violence and rouse extremists.  It will send shock waves around the region, especially in Jordan whose stability – often taken for granted — benefits the entire region, particularly Israel.” Ambassador Al-Otaiba warned.

His message was clear and straightforward, and his article formed widespread interest and evolved like a road map for peace. “For years, the UAE has been an unfailing supporter of Middle East peace.   We have promoted engagement and conflict reduction, helped to create incentives-carrots rather than sticks – and focused attention on the collective benefits for all parties.” He says, adding that the UAE consistently and actively opposed violence on all sides:“we designated Hezbollah a terrorist organization, condemned Hamas incitement and denounced Israeli provocations”. 

Al-Otaiba’s article won the attention of Israeli and Western public opinion, so much that there are already those who think of a new peace plan led by the Emirates.The ambassador, addressing the people of Israel directly in a calm, almost fraternal tone, convinced the Israelis to review any step, and this is what the American writers went to by taking into account Emirati warnings.

The United Arab Emirates has understood that hate speech and violence lead to nothing, preferring the diplomacy of the compromise for peace between peoples.Populist speeches towards the Palestinian cause does not reach any solution, and therefore, UAE diplomacy tended to address the Israeli public. “I worked closely with the Obama Administration too, including on a plan for confidence building measures that would provide substantial benefits to Israel – improved links with the Arab states – in return for greater autonomy for and investment in Palestine”. The ambassador wrote, affirming that annexation will certainly and immediately upend Israeli aspirations for improved security, economic and cultural ties with the Arab world and with UAE.

“Our shared interests around climate change, water and food security, technology and advanced science could spur greater innovation and collaboration. As a global airline, logistics, educational, media and cultural hub, the UAE could be an open gateway connecting Israelis to the region and the world.” Al-Otaiba added. UAE has employed its network of diplomatic relations against Netanyahu’s expansion of the occupation of the Palestinian territories, and has not used it to serve an anti-issue agenda. But prepaid journalist and media outlets financed by the Muslim Brotherhood organizations altered the UAE diplomatic article to serve their party’s agenda and turned a blind eye to the goals Al-Otaiba sought.

The Gulf country knows that politics is the art of the possible and this is achieved by the UAE leadership. Israel wants to establish relations with Arab countries, but from the point of view of Emirati diplomacy, this should not contradict with Palestinian rights and Israeli intentions to expand the annexation of lands. Al-Otaiba’s message to Israeli people only confirms that the UAE is keen on the stability and security of the MENA area, and to lead this tense region into a starting point for global successes.

Migrants Issue: UAE might suspend Visas for Nepal, Bangladesh & Nigeria
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Migrants Issue: UAE might suspend Visas for Nepal, Bangladesh & Nigeria

The UAE government is considering suspending visas for expats from Nepal, Bangladesh, and Nigeria. Although the government is yet to make an official announcement, the government might decide on such lines, according to sources.

According to an unofficial source, the government is looking at the possibility of making such a decision, as the governments in Nepal, Bangladesh, and Nigeria have not taken back the migrants stuck in the gulf country during the COVID lockdown.

Due to shutdown, thousands of migrant workers have been left jobless and want to return to their native country. However, these three countries have been reluctant to bring back their nationals.

According to an unofficial source, the Emirati government had made several requests with these governments to take back their nationals. However, these governments are yet to show any commitment to their nationals’ repatriation.

These native governments have even failed to allow migrants to return home who wanted to visit their country for annual holidays. The Nepalese government has come under criticism for the tardy pace at which it has been arranging the repatriation of its nationals. More than 17,000 Nepalese passport holders want to return; however, it is still unknown when they will be allowed back home. Some of them recently staged angry protests outside the Nepalese Embassy in Abu Dhabi before the security officials dispersed them. Critical posts on social media were also circulated criticizing government inaction.

The Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen spoke to his Emirati counterpart Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to persuade him to allow Bangladeshi migrants to stay back. The minister is yet to announce any timeline for the return of its nationals stuck in UAE.

UAE had imposed months’ extended lockdown due to check the spread of Novel Coronavirus. However, since May, thousands of migrants from other countries like Pakistan and India have returned home.   It is however unclear, how many expats are still stuck in UAE.

North Africa will import Wheat in substantial amounts
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North Africa will import Wheat in substantial amounts

North Africa has been hit with the worst form of drought this year.  According to agriculture experts, this has nothing to do with the pandemic but will exasperate the demand for wheat this fiscal.

According to economist Chuck Penner, looking ahead to June, July and August, “the COVID issue is actually starting to fade into the background” and many nations will start to look at stocking their pulses.  One can blame it on scant rain through mid-April that dimmed Morocco’s crop prospects in 2020. Additionally, harvests in neighboring nations also suffered.

Lackluster local supply may boost the region’s wheat purchases by 7.4% to a record 29.7 million tons in the year from July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecasts. The shortage of rain has been as bad as it was in 2016. Harvest prospects are as bleak as they were then prompting that Morocco will have to import a substantial amount of wheat for the year 2020-21.

It has been confirmed that Morocco might be forced to buy a record 5.8 million tons of foreign wheat and has already taken the unusual step of exempting import taxes through the end of 2020. This was compounded with private importers already pushing to double wheat inventories to six months of milling needs by October. Five months’ worth of soft wheat and four months’ worth of durum wheat was stockpiled by the end of May.

Drought like condition has exasperated over a decade due to increase in livestock and human population that has dwindled the meager supply of water to this rather dry area of the Middle East North Africa (MENA). This year, the rains have scanty. Usually the government would help needy farmers and herders with assistance. This would take the form of distribution of subsidized animal feed, rescheduling of loans, investments in water development, and in animal health. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, funds have not come that easily to the drought hit lot.

Deadly dreams, the migratory route from Tunisia
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Deadly dreams, the migratory route from Tunisia

At least 20 corpses were recovered by the Tunisian navy in Kraten, off the Kerkennah islands, in Tunisia. According to several reports, they are the victims of the wreck of a boat with 53 sub-Saharan migrants on board, which left Sfax on the night between 4 and 5 June toward the Italian coast. Official spokesman for the Sfax courts, Mourad Turki, today announced the opening of an investigation. The Tunisian authorities, with the help of divers, are still working to look for any survivors.With Libya in conflict and the militiamen engaged in fighting, the departures of migrants from Tunisia are increasing.

The media likes to call them ghost landings, but in reality, migratory waves have never been so visible in sunlight. Small motorboats and rubber dinghies have pointed directly towards the southern coasts of Sicily.The wave coming from Tunisia, according to the Italian intelligence reports, constitutes a precise risk of jihadist infiltration.That’s why Europe, and Italy in particular, are making more agreements with Tunisia in recent years to carry out their push-back policies, also funding the Tunisian Coast Guard.

Tunisia prevented several departures of migrants to Italy at the end of May, officials say. But Tunisian migrants continue to arrive on Italian shores: 71 migrants made it to the Italian island of Lampedusa on Tuesday.The Tunisian Coast Guard in the past two weeks thwarted various attempts at clandestine emigration to Italy, stopping 49 people in the Sfax and Nabeul governorates, said Tunisian National Guard spokesman,HoussemEddineJebabli, in a statement.

Tunisian Coast Guard units in El Amra, Sfax, on May 26 intercepted a boat with 14 people between the ages of 20 and 29 years aboard. The boat had reportedly been stolen on Sunday night. The people hailed from Tunis and Sfax, five of them were reportedly wanted for minor crimes. Officers also seized significant sums of money in foreign currency. The public prosecutor confirmed the arrests of eight people, and others were charged, but not taken into custody.

In Sidi Youssef in the Kerkennah Islands, the Coast Guard arrested eight people between the ages of 20 and 32 from Sfax and Gabes, and charged them with preparing an operation of illegal migration.The suspects were found with 16,000 Tunisian dinars (more than 5,000 US dollars). The public prosecutor ordered three to be taken into custody in jail and charged the others without taking them into custody.In the Nabeul governorate, Coast Guard units intercepted a boat off the coast of Korba with 21 people aboard, including women, heading towards Italy. All of the passengers were reported to the judiciary.

The Coast Guard in Kebili on Monday arrested six Tunisian citizens travelling in a rental car who confessed they were planning to illegally travel to Italy from the coast of Kelibia, a village well know for the beauty of its beaches and clear water. The public prosecutor confirmed their arrest and opened an investigation. Despite the Tunisian authorities’ efforts to stop clandestine immigration, migrants from Tunisia continue to arrive in Italy. On Tuesday, 71 Tunisians disembarked on the Italian island of Lampedusa. They were intercepted by an Italian ‘Guardia di Finanza’ patrol boat 10 miles off the coast, and were taken to the migrant hotspot on the island.In recent days, the 116 people left the island’s migrant reception center, where they had completed their quarantine period. On Tuesday morning, 70 people who hadn’t been placed in quarantine upon arrival were taken by commercial ferry to another facility where they will be placed under health surveillance.

According to a UN agency for migration (IOM) statement, although the annual number of deaths has decreased every year since 2016, when more than 5,000 lost their lives crossing the Mediterranean, the proportion of deaths compared to attempted crossings rose in both the central and western Mediterranean in 2019 compared to previous years. “With no end in sight to the tragedy unfolding on the Mediterranean, IOM reiterates that improved and expanded safe, legal pathways for migrants and refugees are urgently needed, both to reduce the incentive to choose irregular channels, and to help prevent the unnecessary and avoidable loss of lives,” the organization concluded.

Due to the high unemployment rate, poverty, lack of opportunities, and the precarious human rights situation, summed to the high corruption of police officers and local authorities, more and more Tunisians are joining the sub-Saharan migrants, heading towards Europe where they hope to find a better life.Ala, a 29-year-old Tunisian guy, told The World Reviews that he traveled to Italy illegally from Kelibia, two years ago, with another 50 people on a rubber boat. “I arrived in Sicily, where my uncle lives. I was intercepted by the Police and I spent a year in a house, adapted to a migrant center. Not speaking the language, and feeling marginalized, I decided to return home.” Ala said, adding that one day he will leave again because his dream is to live there, in Europe.

How the UAE avoided food shortages among COVID-19, World Economic Forum explains
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How the UAE avoided food shortages among COVID-19, World Economic Forum explains

The World Economic Forum has published a detailed report on how the United Arab Emirates (UAE) provided sufficient food supplies during the lockdown imposed in response to COVID-19. The paper describes the steps taken by the UAE over the past four years to become more self-sufficient in their food supplies, limiting its dependence on imports. The forward-looking policies of the UAE leadership have allowed the Gulf country to overcome the health emergency of COVID-19 without difficulty, establishing itself as a model to follow for other countries around the world.

The effort – part of a broader push to produce more home-grown food amid fears climate change could trigger instability in the global food trade – started after the country was hit by food export bans during the 2008-2009 financial crisis, the World Economic Forum affirms, indicating thatwhen the UAE went into lockdown in April to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, residents had the same reaction as millions of others around the world – they started panic-buying.

Nonetheless supermarket shelves have remained fully stocked, partly because the UAE has long had policies in place to ensure an uninterrupted supply of food from abroad,IsmahaneElouafi, Director general of the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) noted. “Thanks to the work being done to harness the benefits of innovation, agriculture is becoming possible and profitable in a country with harsh climatic conditions,” Elouafi said.

According to data from the World Bank, the contribution of agriculture to the country’s gross domestic product rose from $2.39 billion in 2012 to $3.06 billion in 2018. Currently ranking 21 out of 113 countries on the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Food Security Index, the UAE aims to be in the top 10 by 2021 and number one by mid-century. By then, the federal government hopes half the food Emiratis consume will be produced locally, compared to 20% today. Under the UAE’s National Food Security Strategy – which was officially launched in 2018, but had already been woven into government policy for several years before – the country has worked to boost domestic food production. It has built infrastructure, including complexes for cattle-breeding – and introduced financial measures, from exempting value-added tax on food produced on local farms to paying subsidies on fodder.

The report also shows how to meet the country’s freshwater needs, the government is increasingly turning to energy-intensive desalination methods. Another challenge is that less than 1% of the UAE’s land is arable, according to the World Bank. The focus is on finding ways to farm with fewer resources – which is where technology and experimenting with new crops can help, said Sajid Maqsood, associate professor in the College of Food and Agriculture at United Arab Emirates University.

In recent years, the UAE has seen a rise in the number of vertical farms, in which crops are grown stacked under LED lighting and watered with mists or drip systems. In Dubai, the country’s business and tourism hub, airline catering service Emirates Flight Catering and vertical farm operator Crop One Holdings have launched a $40-million joint venture to build the world’s largest vertical farm. Crop One Holdings says the 130,000 square-foot (12,077 sq m) farm – due to be completed this year – will produce 6,000 pounds (2,721 kg) of pesticide- and herbicide-free fruits and vegetables daily, using 99% less water than traditional farms.

The Dubai-based ICBA works with local ministries, farmers’ associations and businesses to introduce climate-resilient crops such as quinoa, pearl millet and sorghum to farmers. “The global food production system is currently dominated by just a few staple crops – this needs to change,” IsmahaneElouafi affirmed. For Kapoor at Madar Farms, which has been growing leafy greens and microgreens in vertical systems since 2017, the move into tech-enabled agriculture is inevitable to deal with challenges like climate change and the novel coronavirus. As The world will have to shift toward controlled-environment agriculture.

UAE sent 6.6 tonnes of medical material to UK, boosting PPE production
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UAE sent 6.6 tonnes of medical material to UK, boosting PPE production

In the context of international cooperation in the fight against COVID-19, the United Arab Emirates has delivered today 6.6 tonnes of medical material to the United Kingdom that will enable the country to produce millions of items of personal protective equipment, PPE.

The shipment arrived at Heathrow Airport on a special chartered flight on Friday morning and was made up of 6.6 tonnes of melt blown fabric, an essential component of surgical face masks. According to UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) there is currently a global shortage of the material and its export is restricted from the UAE.

This shipment will enable the UK to manufacture millions of face masks to protect millions of medical professionals as they work to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The UAE Ambassador to the UK, Mansoor Abulhoul, said: “We are delighted to be able to assist Britain, one of our closest friends and allies. The UAE is committed to helping fight COVID-19 wherever it can and has donated aid to 63 countries around the world.”

Soon after the virus emerged the UAE retooled factories to produce PPE, the UAE was able to supply the material because of its internationally-recognised success in curbing the spread of COVID-19. Careful supply chain management also meant the UAE did not exhaust domestic supplies of melt blown fabric, which is used in the oil industry and is manufactured in the UAE.

Last April, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, donated 60 tonnes of urgent medical aid to the UK. The NHS has been given rent-free use of ExCel London; the conference centre owned by the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre which is currently NHS Nightingale.

The UAE undertaken numerous initiatives to globally combat the new coronavirus, delivering more than 716 tonnes of medical aid to 63 countries; more than 716,000 medical professionals have been assisted worldwide so far.This global approach on fighting the common enemy, called COVID-19, allowed to save millions lives around the world.

Rating Agencies attack African countries
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Rating Agencies attack African countries

Having lost operating space in the US and Europe, the rating agencies have thrown themselves into emerging countries, especially those of Africa. You don’t have to be a genius of competence and analytical skills to imagine the economic difficulties in a world devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular in emerging countries, which have always been very susceptible to what happens in the so-called advanced economies.

At different times and in diverse ways, the three rating sisters, Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s and Fitch, downgraded ten African countries and their public debt securities down to the junk level. These are Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Cape Verde, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Nigeria, South Africa, Mauritius and Zambia. The assessments are based on the forecasts regarding the weakness of the tax and health systems of the countries. This happens while the World Bank has instead supported the suspension of interest payments on the debts of the poorest countries that are part of the International Development Association (IDA).

On the other hand, their knowledge of Africa is very low. S&P, for example, says to be able to make assessments on 128 countries around the world, but has only one office, in Johannesburg, for the entire African continent. Agency ratings are usually trivial ratings. But they are taken into consideration by the markets to judge the health of the various national economies and, consequently, to also define the interest rates on their public debt. This is a phenomenon repeatedly experienced with devastating effects on the cost of loans and also the weakening of the capital offered by international investors.

It is worth mentioning their role in the financial meltdown in the years of the Great Crisis of 2008, which had an impact on global markets and especially on the real economy of many countries, including developing ones. The detailed report “The financial crisis inquiry report” prepared by a bipartisan commission and published by the US government in 2011, where it was stated, among others, that “the crisis could not have occurred without these agencies. Their ratings, first skyrocketing and then suddenly lowered, have thrown markets and businesses haywire”.

Moody’s has downgraded South Africa to junk, causing it to lose the last investment-grade step, under which institutional investors are no longer authorized to buy government bonds. The rating agency estimated a significant increase in South African public debt expected to reach 91% of GDP by 2023. Fitch cut Gabon’s sovereign rating from B to CCC. The explanation of the downgrade concerns the possible difficulty of repaying sovereign debt due to a lack of liquidity due to the fall in oil prices. Moody revised Mauritius’s sovereign rating negatively due to lower tourist earnings for coronavirus. Nigeria has been downgraded from S&P from B to B – because COVID-19 would have increased the risk of fiscal and external shocks from falling oil prices and the economic downturn.

S&P also downgraded Botswana, one of Africa’s most stable economies, which had an A rating. The agency cited the weakening of its state budget due to a drop in demand for raw materials and the expected economic slowdown, due to COVID-19. The downgrading of Botswana was decided when there was yet no case of infection in the country. We assist in a wave of downgrades of private companies due to the concept of sovereign limes: a country’s rating generally determines the report card assigned to companies operating within its borders. The African countries are called by many to draw up a collective response mechanism against the abuse of the rating.

UAE continue to help countries in need, together we win against COVID-19
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UAE continue to help countries in need, together we win against COVID-19

Friends recognize each other in times of need, the ancient Romans said. And that is why the United Arab Emirates and its leadership have not hesitated in extending a helping hand to neighboring and distant countries in need among the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, the UAE has sent over 646 metric tons of aid to 55 countries, supporting more than 646,000 medical professionals in the process.

On May 25, the UAE sent an aid plane carrying six metric tons of medical supplies to the Democratic Republic of Congo, to assist approximately 6,000 medical professionals as they work to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. An aid plane departed from Dubai last week delivered seven metric tons of medical supplies to Union of the Comoros, assisting 7,000 medical professionals.

Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, ADFD, also delivered the third shipment of classroom seating supplies to Sudan. Catering to the needs of 150,000 students across the country, the support aims to help Sudan advance its educational infrastructure. ADFD dispatched 540,000 tonnes of wheat worth $150 million to Sudan to meet its urgent food needs.

According to UAE official news agency, taking the total value of assistance provided by ADFD to support the educational sector in Sudan to AED55 million (US$15 million), the latest shipment includes seating supplies for 400,000 students in various states of Sudan. This shipment is part of the US$1.5 billion aid package approved by the UAE in April 2019 to support Sudan’s economic and financial stability. As part of this grant, the UAE deposited US$250 million into the Central Bank of Sudan to foster the country’s economic and financial stability.

The aid package also included US$11 million support for Sudan’s agricultural sector, as well as 136 tonnes of pharmaceutical and medical supplies to support the country’s healthcare sector. All these aids aimed to help the country accelerate sustainable economic and social development.

“We are honoured to extend assistance to Gambia today as part of the UAE’s efforts to enhance the campaign against COVID-19 throughout Africa.” Omar AlMeheiri, Charge d’Affaires of the UAE Embassy in Senegal, said commenting recent UAE humanitarian aid to Gambia, including 4 thousand of medical supplies and personal protections for 4,000 doctors and nurses. “Protecting frontline medical professionals around the world is a main pillar of the UAE’s strategy to help other countries overcome this crisis,” he added.

Also, the Prime Minister of Albania Edvin Rama has sent a message of sincere thanks and appreciation to His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, expressing his gratitude to the UAE’s support for his country after the UAE sent seven metric tons of medical supplies to Tirana on May 15.
On the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, with the monitoring of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in Al Dhafra Region, and Chairman of the Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, the ERC distributed 770.4 tonnes of food aid to the residents of Hadramaut Governorate, Yemen, during the Holy Month of Ramadan.

The ERC intensified its relief and humanitarian efforts to help residents, under the framework of an urgent humanitarian plan to aid families directly affected by the economic damage caused by the coronavirus outbreak. They distributed a total 18,000 food parcels benefitting 90,000 people. In detail, it distributed 2,500 food parcels weighing 107 tonnes to 12,500 people in the districts of Adh Dhlia’ah and Dawan, as well as 1,400 food parcels in Hajr District weighing 5,992 tonnes, benefitting 7,000 people. Since the beginning of 2020, the ERC has distributed 25,410 food parcels weighing 1369.128 tonnes in Hadramaut, benefitting 127,050 needy families.

The numerous initiatives undertaken by the UAE leadership, to globally combat the spread of COVID-19, confirm that UAE’s assistance has only humanitarian purposes. The Emirates offered their genuine and unconditional help to all populations in need, without considering the political orientation of their governments. This global approach on fighting the common enemy, called COVID-19, allowed to save millions lives around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic is a colossal test of leadership, UAE showed decisive, coordinated and innovative action from all, and for all, confident that we can be stronger together.

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