ADDIS ABABA – The United Arab Emirates announced an aid of $85 million to support humanitarian operations in Ethiopia, its foreign ministry said on Thursday.
The announcement was made during a briefing by the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, on the Drought in the Horn of Africa.
“Today, the United Arab Emirates announced a commitment of USD 85 million to support humanitarian operations in Ethiopia,” the ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
The UAE will disburse the contribution to several aid agencies including three United Nations organs in coordination with the Famine Relief Fund.
Minister of State, Sheikh Shakhboot bin Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, said the UAE attaches great importance to the stability of the Horn of Africa.
“The impact of climate change on the region has intensified the humanitarian situation,” the State Minister said. “Therefore, our commitment will ensure that humanitarian agencies are better equipped to support the regions that need immediate assistance.”
UAE’s contribution will build on the work of Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) and the Khalifa Foundation, which includes a series of air-bridge flights and a relief ship to assist people affected by drought in Somalia.