UAE pact to evacuate Pakistan expats, sends aid

By Eudore R.Chand

UAE 29 April 2020: The return of Pakistani workers whose contracts have expired or wish to benefit from the ‘Early Leave’ initiative, was yesterday discussed, via video conferencing by top UAE and Pakistani officials.

The UAE was represented by Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, and Pakistan by Zulfiqar Bukhari, Special Assistant to Pakistan’s Prime Minister and Minister of Overseas Pakistanis.

The Early Leave initiative was launched by the UAE to enable expatriates to return to their countries and support them during the difficult conditions facing the entire world, following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, said Wam.

During the meeting, both sides agreed to evacuate Pakistani workers wishing to leave the country, in cooperation with relevant authorities from the two countries, as well as to prioritise workers whose employment contracts have ended.

Al Hamli praised the cooperation of the Pakistani government to facilitate the return of Pakistani workers from the UAE.

Bukhari lauded the UAE’s keenness to protect all workers in the country from the novel coronavirus, including those from Pakistan, as well as for launching the initiative.

UAE sends medical and food aid to Pakistan

The United Arab Emirates yesterday sent an aid plane containing 14 metric tons of medical and food supplies to Pakistan to bolster the country’s efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19.

The aid will assist some 7,000 medical professionals as they work to contain the virus.

Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Salem Al Zaabi, UAE Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, said: “As part of the bilateral cooperation that has underpinned the brotherly relations between our two countries for decades, the UAE is proud to extend assistance to Pakistan in furtherance of global solidarity in the fight against Covid-19.”

“Through this aid, we honor the frontline healthcare workers in Pakistan and around the world who are working tirelessly to put an end to this crisis,” he remarked.

The UAE delivered the first batch of critical medical supplies to Pakistan on April 2. On April 5, the second batch of 11 metric tons of medical supplies provided by the UAE arrived in Islamabad.

To date, the UAE has provided more than 320 metric tons of aid to over 30 countries, supporting nearly 320,000 medical professionals in the process.



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