The UAE announced Friday it is committed to offering $230 million to the Yemeni people; ahead of a UN Pledging Conference co-hosted between the Swiss Confederation and Sweden.
“This support is in addition to ongoing bilateral UAE assistance efforts and will help fund international programs that meet the medical; nutritional, and food security needs of the country;” Minister of State for International Cooperation Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy said in a statement published by the WAM news agency.
Since 2015, the UAE has provided more than $6 billion in assistance to Yemen.
The funding has also focused mainly on supporting the humanitarian situation; as well as providing public services to ensure continuity of education in schools, medical programs; and vital services such as energy and transportation.
Al Hashemy said the UAE has also been one of the largest international contributors to Yemen’s COVID-19 response.
“Over the course of the pandemic, the UAE has sent 122 tons of medical supplies to Yemen to boost the efforts of some 122,000 healthcare workers to contain COVID-19, as well as provided health-enhancing food and supplements through the World Food Program; and support to other sectors such as education, health, and water,” she said.
The Minister noted that her country is conducting an ongoing review of the humanitarian situation in Yemen in coordination; with international organizations; with a target to meet the food needs of 6 million Yemenis; including 1 million children.
“The UAE also acknowledges recent international efforts to ensure that critical aid is not obstructed from reaching the most vulnerable groups in society, specifically women and children;” she said. “We look forward to working with humanitarian actors on the ground, from both the UN as well as the INGO community to ensure that aid is delivered to those that are in most need.”
Support for a political solution
Also, since the UAE ended its military engagement in Yemen; it has continued to support a comprehensive political solution and the efforts of UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths.
“While this contribution comes at a critical moment for Yemen; it cannot replace broader efforts to achieve a political solution for the benefit of the Yemeni people… The international community must come together to intensify efforts to bring about a sustainable solution for Yemen,” Al Hashemy said.
The minister reiterated that the UAE welcomes the implementation of the Riyadh agreement between the legitimate; internationally-recognized government of Yemen and the Southern Transitional Council.
She expressed hope that this formation will be a step towards a political solution and accelerate the end of the Yemeni crisis; despite the current challenges resulting from continued violations by the Houthi militia; who bear responsibility for the deteriorating situation in Yemen since their coup in 2014.