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QRCS humanitarian contributions to Iraq hailed
Ali bin Hassan Al-Hammadi, Secretary-General of Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS), has received Omer Berzinji, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to Doha. The meeting was attended by Eng. Abdullah Hassan Al-Mehshadi, General Director of Relief and International Development Division, and Dr. Fawzi Oussedik, Head of International Relations and International Humanitarian Law (IHL). The guest was warmly greeted by QRCS officials, saying it was a brotherly visit to deepen relations with QRCS, a major contributor to those in need everywhere. He expressed a desire to offer every form of support to facilitate the ongoing cooperation, as the two countries share firmly established and growing bonds of friendship. “There is much in common between the historic Iraq and the promising Qatar, which is truly an icon of innovation,” said Mr. Berzinji. Mr. Al-Hammadi said QRCS was keen on working together with the Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) and other Iraqi and international humanitarian providers on many operations there. He wished to have more opportunities to serve the people of Iraq, in view of its importance for the Gulf and Arab region. An overview was given on QRCS’s work and divisions, including foreign relief, medical services, local development, and international relations. “QRCS operates under the umbrella of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), with strong relations with 190 countries,” Mr. Al-Hammadi added. According to him, QRCS is part of the soft power of Qatar, in line with the political and economic convergence between the two governments and peoples towards common interests. Mr. Berzinji was invited to attend the opening and closing ceremonies of the forthcoming Disaster Management Training Camp.