United Arab Emirates Donates 47 Metric Tons of Food, Medical Supplies to Tigray Region


April 1/2021/ENA/  United Arab Emirates provided 47metric tons of food and medical supplies to Ethiopia in support of the humanitarian situation in Tigray region.

Peace Minister Executive Office Head, Ahmed Seid received the humanitarian aid delivered at  Bole International Airport today. 

During the occasion, he said the government is working hard to rehabilitate affected areas in Tigray region following the law enforcement operation.

The government has been exerting maximum effort to support the people of Tigray by providing over 70 percent food and non-food support.

The head stated that various countries are providing assistance and the support by the United Arab Emirates will be of great benefit to the region. 

The Government of Ethiopia is grateful to the United Arab Emirates, Ahmed said, adding that the support would strengthen ties between the two countries.

He noted that the government is making comprehensive efforts to rehabilitate the affected areas in the region.

UAE Ambassador to Ethiopia, Mohamed Salem Al Rashedi, said “The UAE has a strong relationship with Ethiopia and this assistance is part of the directives of the UAE’s wise leadership to provide humanitarian and development assistance to brotherly and friendly peoples.”

He added that the government ‏”is working to support the humanitarian and development situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, which is suffering from the impact of war and the spread of COVID-19.”

Moreover, Al Rashedi underscored UAE’s commitment to a humanitarian approach that extends emergency relief to countries in need and the support of the UAE’s leadership to the people of Ethiopia and other peoples of the world to overcome humanitarian crises.

‏The Government of UAE has pledged 5 million USD to support displaced people on the Ethiopian-Sudanese border, in cooperation with the World Food Programme and other international organisations, it was learned.

Furthermore, it has sent six aircraft carrying nearly 300 metric tons of relief supplies through the International Humanitarian City in Dubai and its international partners.

‏The UAE has also provided Ethiopia with 18.5 metric tons of medical supplies as part of its global response to the COVID-19 pandemic and supported WHO efforts in Ethiopia to deliver 15 metric tons of medical assistance, the Emirates News Agency WAM stated.  

In addition, the UAE has contributed to WFP efforts by transporting a field hospital for the treatment of COVID-19 patients from Norway to Ethiopia.