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UAE provides new assistance to Mexico following earthquake

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MEXICO, 12th December, 2017 (WAM) -- The UAE has delivered the latest batch of humanitarian assistance to Mexico following the earthquake that hit in September, as part of its continuous relief efforts in the country.

The aid, which included medical equipment, was provided by the Emirates Red Crescent in cooperation with the UAE Embassy in Mexico during a special ceremony at the embassy attended by the UAE Ambassador to Mexico, Ahmed Hatem Al Menhali, Jose Antonio Monroy, Director-General of Mexican Red Cross, representatives of the Mexican Foreign Ministry and the media.

The UAE Ambassador delivered a speech highlighting the UAE's role in promoting the principles of humanitarian work and providing support to people in need.

He added that the imitative was implemented in accordance with the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and the follow-up of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region and Chairman of Emirates Red Crescent.

In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, a UAE delegation visited the city of Puebla in the southeast of Mexico City - one of the most affected areas - to assess the damage and aid requirements, and the embassy, ??in coordination with local authorities, procured urgent relief including medical equipment and food aid.

The Embassy and the ERC are also working to rebuild a school building in Puebla which was severely damaged by the earthquake.