Abu Dhabi: Many national and international media has been covering the UAE’s helping hands in the much needed time of the COVID-19 crisis. The Emirates has been sending medical and technical aid to many nations.
In line with the directives of the UAE’s wise leadership on the need to provide urgent support in the field of health to brotherly and friendly countries, the UAE in collaboration with the Vatican Department of Education sent help to the Peruvian Amazon River area.
The aid plane contained 15 metric tons of medical and food aid. This will be the first batch to be delivered of 40 metric tons of aid dedicated to those affected by COVID-19 in the region.
Jassem Saif Al Shamsi, Chargé d’Affaires at the UAE Embassy in Lima, said: “The dispatch of this aid plane today to Peru reflects the UAE’s continued efforts to help a large number of countries to curb the spread of this virus. The UAE leadership believes that international solidarity and the unification of efforts are an urgent necessity in the face of the most dangerous pandemic facing humanity.”
This cooperation is a result of the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together signed in Abu Dhabi by the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar His Eminence Dr. Ahmed el-Tayeb and His Holiness Pope Francis, Head of the Catholic Church.
To date, the UAE has sent more than 995 metric tons of aid to more than 69 countries.
This aid targets those in need in the Peruvian city of Iquitos, a city of 400,000 located on one of the Amazon River’s streams in Peru’s dense Amazon forest. It also furthers the UAE’s efforts to strengthen the capacity of Peru’s health sector and that of various countries in efforts to overcome the COVID-19 crisis.
“The UAE stands with the people of Peru today by contributing to the provision of supplies and food aid, reflecting strong ties between both countries that have historically enjoyed constructive cooperation and consensus at all levels,” Jassem Saif Al Shamsi added.