UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) signed a collaboration agreement with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), in order to support the humanitarian response plan in many countries across the globe. The countries to which it would be providing support include Yemen, Myanmar, and the Democratic Republic of China. Additionally, it would be also providing support to ICRC’s budget which would make the total amount to AED40.4 million. AED40.4 million is commensurate to US$11 million.
The deal was signed between Peter Maurer; President of the ICRC and Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy; Minister of State for International Cooperation. The signing of the deal took place on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly 73rd session. According to the agreement UAE would be granting US$6 million to the ICRC for supporting water, health facilities, and sanitation structure in Yemen. In order to support the organization’s charitable efforts in Myanmar and the DRC, an additional US$1 million each would be offered. In order to support the general program, another US $3 million would be provided.
The humanitarian assistance would not only help to treat the sick and the wounded ones; the aid can be used to provide relief and basic necessities to the people whose life got disrupted due to the conflict.
The UAE is also a member of the donor support group of the ICRC. Reem Hashemy commented that the signing of the contract displays the endeavors taken by the UAE to ensure peace and growth all over the globe, by making use of its foreign policy and charitable works. The humanitarian works meets the vision upheld by the UAE leaders. Reem added that the aim to provide the humanitarian assistance is to back the charitable services started by the UAE.
President of the ICRC welcomed the offering made by the UAE in order to support the humanitarian activities. He also acknowledges the continuous support offered by the MoFAICs to ICRC for dealing with crisis and emergencies.