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Ambassador: UAE humanitarian aid to Afghanistan to continue

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Manama, Jan. 15 (BNA): The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will continue delivering all kinds of humanitarian aid to countries and peoples all over the world, following the footsteps of the late Shaikh Zayed Al-Nahyan, whose humanitarian approach has been maintained by the successive leaders, UAE Ambassador to Bahrain, Abdul Ridha Abdulla Al-Khoury said.

In a statement to the Bahrain News Agency (BNA), the envoy asserted that the Kandahar terror blast in which five UAE nationals lost their lives, will not dissuade his country from continuing to provide humanitarian aid to the Afghan people.

The fallen citizens left their nation and relatives to deliver humanitarian assistance within the UAE's Programme to Support the brotherly Afghan people, he said.

The humanitarian aid included laying the foundation stone for Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan House in Kandahar, signing an agreement with the Kardan University to provide UAE-funded scholarships, as well as laying the foundation stone for the Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan Institute for Technical Education in Kabul, a project which funded by the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation for Humanitarian Work, he explained.

The ambassador affirmed that the UAE had delivered construction and humanitarian aid, worth more than AED 2.5 billion, to Afghanistan over the past years, including AED 211.81 million in 2015 alone, noting that the aid covered various fields.

He also indicated that UAE answered the call of the UN to reconstruct Afghanistan after the war, and pledged to pay $250 for the reconstruction process.

The UAE ambassador stressed that the external aid provided by his country aimed to alleviate poverty and improve life standards in communities, noting that over the past 44 years, the UAE has delivered humanitarian aid, worth AED 128 billion, from which 178 countries benefited.

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BNA 1314 GMT 2017/01/15