The International Committee of Red Cross ICRC signed a cooperation agreement with the United Arab Emirates Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to support ICRC’s budget and the humanitarian response plan in Myanmar, Yemen, Democratic Republic of Congo for a value of $11 million. The agreement signed with the ICRC included support to health centres, water and rehabilitation of sanitation structures in Yemen, and meeting basic needs of those affected, and give importance to receiving the wounded and the sick and giving them the appropriate medical treatment, as well as assisting disabled persons through the provision of physical rehabilitation services. And in regards to in Myanmar and DRC aim to support health centres, water and rehabilitation of sanitation structures, provision of humanitarian assistance to those affected by armed conflict, assistance in accessing basic services and relief, and timely medical assistance to the sick or wounded from armed conflicts or others situations of violence.
The agreement was signed by Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, and Peter Maurer, President of the ICRC, on the sidelines of the 73rd Session of the United National General Assembly in New York. Under the agreement, united Arab Emirates has stated to provide US$6 million to support health centres, water and sanitation facilities in Yemen while US$1 million will be given to support humanitarian efforts in DRC and the rest US$3 million to support general programmes.
Reem Al Hashemy stated that thus agreement is a reflection of UAE’s efforts to achieve peace and prosperity in the world through its foreign aid policy and its humanitarian and development projects. UAE has undertaken humanitarian efforts; development needs and has chosen to take a stand by social groups that have needed support in many countries around the world, the grant will support in achieving these goals. The UAE is also member of the donor support group of the ICRC.
She also stressed about UAE’s will in pursuing fruitful work with the ICRC, to contribute in the alleviation of human suffering and support those affected around the world to overcome their difficult humanitarian situation.
ICRC President in response said, “The ICRC welcomes the UAE’s financial contribution to its humanitarian activities. We are thankful for MoFAIC’s continuous support to the ICRC’s mission in contexts of emergencies and protracted crises.”