New York, August 11, 2020 — The United Arab Emirates reiterated its support for the Lebanese people in a virtual briefing on the humanitarian situation in the country following the tragic explosion in Beirut on August 4, 2020. “Our hearts go out to the Lebanese people,” said Amiera Alhefeiti, Deputy Permanent Representative and UAE Leader to the United Nations. “The resilience of the Lebanese people is legendary, but this is clearly a moment when international support is essential.” Alhefeiti outlined the UAE’s cooperation and partnership with the United Nations in delivering aid to Lebanon. Immediately after the explosion, the UAE joined forces with the World Health Organization, the WHO and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to ship 30 tons of trauma supplies and surgical kits, as well as other medical supplies, from Dubai, one of the largest United Nations supply and logistics centers. Subsequently, the UAE sent two additional flights of 51 tons and prepared further assistance, including through the patronage of H.H.
Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, President of the General Women’s Union, President of the Supreme Council for Maternity and Childhood and Supreme Chair of the Family Development Foundation. Alhefeiti also praised the commitment and efforts of UN staff in responding on the ground and mobilizing aid, as seen at Sunday’s conference in Paris. She added: “We in the UAE will continue to partner and coordinate with the UN and humanitarian community, and we in the UAE stand with the people of Lebanon as they recover from this tragedy.” The virtual briefing, with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, provided an update on the humanitarian situation, as well as the approach of the UN and its humanitarian partners in response to the medical , food and economic crises caused by the explosion. The briefing was also attended by the foreign ministers of Egypt, Jordan, Algeria and Iraq.