UAE delivers third batch of medical, food supplies to Pakistan to fight virus

The United Arab Emirates sent an aid plane containing 14 metric tons of medical and food supplies to Islamabad, Pakistan, on April 28, 2020, to help the South Asian state curb the spread of coronavirus. (Photo Courtesy: UAE Embassy in Islamabad)
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Updated 29 April 2020

UAE delivers third batch of medical, food supplies to Pakistan to fight virus

  • Aid will assist approximately 7,000 medical professionals as they work to contain the virus
  • UAE is proud to extend assistance to Pakistan in furtherance of global solidarity in the fight against COVID-19, says Ambassador Al Zaabi

ISLAMABAD: The United Arab Emirates on Tuesday delivered a third batch of medical and food supplies to Pakistan to support its fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the UAE Embassy said in a statement.
“The United Arab Emirates today 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 statement informed.
The aid will assist approximately 7,000 medical professionals as they work to contain the virus.
“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,” Hamad Obaid Al Zaabi, UAE Ambassador to Pakistan, noted.
“Through this aid, we honor the frontline health care 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,” the statement read.
In the past two weeks, Pakistan has witnessed a surge in COVID-19 cases, and more than 14,000 people have so far been diagnosed with the respiratory illness with more than 300 related deaths.
According to the health ministry data, there are 4,956 patients in Sindh, 5,640 in Punjab, 1,984 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 853 in Balochistan, 320 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 261 Islamabad and 65 in Azad Kashmir.
So far, 157,223 tests have been done in the country. The authorities conducted 6,417 tests during the last 24 hours.


Pakistani army chief, Saudi ambassador discuss regional security 

Updated 10 August 2020

Pakistani army chief, Saudi ambassador discuss regional security 

  • Saudi ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf Saeed Al-Malkiy calls on General Qamar Javed Bajwa
  • The two leaders discuss matters of mutual interest, bilateral defense relations 

ISLAMABAD: Nawaf Saeed Al-Malkiy, the ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan, called on Pakistani army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday and discussed the security situation in the region, the military’s media wing said. 
“Matters of mutual interest, regional security situation and bilateral defense relations between the two brotherly countries were discussed during the meeting,” the Pakistani army said in a statement.
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are longtime allies. Saudi Arabia remains the main source of Pakistan’s remittances despite global business shutdowns amid the coronavirus pandemic. The country has also loaned Pakistan billions of dollars in recent months to help stave off a balance of payments crisis, and offered oil on deferred payments.