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QRCS President discusses humanitarian situation with Yemen’s Foreign Minister
Sheikh Abdullah bin Thamer Al Thani, President of Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS), met this morning Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, Yemen’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, who headed a delegation to discuss the humanitarian situation in Yemen. The meeting was attended by Ali bin Hassan Al-Hammadi, Secretary-General, Eng. Ibrahim Abdullah Al-Malki, CEO, Faisal Mohamed Al-Emadi, Executive Director of Relief and International Development Division, Mohamed Rashid Al-Marri, Director of Communication and Public Relations, Dr. Fawzi Oussedik, Head of International Relations and International Humanitarian Law, and Adel Al-Baker, Director of the Office of QRCS’s President. The visitors thanked QRCS for hospitality and commended the great humanitarian contributions by Qatar in order to alleviate the suffering of the Yemenis affected by the many years of conflict in their country. Mr. Mubarak talked about the efforts of his government to improve the living conditions of the population, despite the massive challenges out there. He wished that the conflict would come to an end very soon. He thanked the State of Qatar for all the many forms of aid given by its humanitarian and government organizations to Yemen. Mr. Minister emphasized the importance of focusing on developmental projects that help people to work and earn their living. There are plans to work on a set of economic incentives, amid a worsening COVID-19 outbreak, demographic changes caused by mass displacement, and the pressure on services in the destinations of internally displaced people (IDPs). Sheikh Abdullah bin Thamer Al Thani promised to be there for Yemenis in every possible way. “Currently, we have 19 health and humanitarian projects in many governorates of Yemen,” he said. “We work through our representative offices there, in cooperation with many UN agencies, such as UNHCR, OCHA, and UNDP”. QRCS’s President said they were totally open to cooperation and communication with the competent authorities in Yemen, looking forward to facilities from Mr. Minister to accelerate the work of field personnel in the face of humanitarian difficulties. An overview was given on QRCS’s ongoing operations across the country, especially the most vulnerable governorates such as Taiz, Sanaa, Al-Hudaydah, Dhale, Sa'dah, Hajjah, Shabwah, Raymah, 'Amran, Al-Jawf, and Dhamar. These address the health, water, sanitation, shelter, and food security sectors, under cooperation agreements with Yemen Red Crescent Society and the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation of Yemen.