The United Arab Emirates has sent a 75-bed field hospital, two operating theatres, medical equipment and a medical team to earthquake-hit Afghanistan, Emirates News Agency WAM reported on Saturday.
The relief material was sent by three planes and was reportedly under the direction of the President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed.
Eisa Salem Aldhaheri, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Afghanistan, said: “The United Arab Emirates recently dispatched an aid plane carrying 30 metric tons of food as part of the relief airlift for the victims of the earthquake in Afghanistan. The consignment responds to the food shortage of a large number of families and vulnerable groups, in particular women and children, affected by the earthquake.
Talks between the United States and the Taliban continued in Doha earlier this week to discuss earthquake relief, the State Department said on Friday, months after the two sides last met in the Qatari capital in March.
The Taliban are seeking a way to unlock some of the country’s foreign exchange reserves – currently frozen by the United States – following a devastating earthquake last month, with the United States seeking to ensure that the money would go to help people.
During Wednesday’s and Thursday’s meetings, the United States reiterated an earlier pledge of $55 million in new earthquake relief assistance, the State Department said in a statement Friday.
And “the two sides discussed in detail U.S. actions to preserve $3.5 billion in Afghan central bank reserves for the benefit of the Afghan people,” the statement said, money the White House said the last week that the United States was “urgently” working to resolve. .
Last week’s magnitude 5.9 earthquake in eastern Afghanistan, which killed more than 1,000 people and left tens of thousands homeless, adds urgency to the debate over the funding.
During the same week, the United Arab Emirates sent 30 tons of aid, including essential food, to Afghanistan.
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