Agreement signed to send 600 Pakistani medics to Kuwait 

Undersecretary Ministry of Health in Kuwait Dr. Mustafa Reza ( Right in the middle ) with and the ambassador of Pakistan in Kuwait Syed Sajjad Haider (Left) at the headquarters of Kuwait's Health Ministry after signing a government to government agreement on Saturday July 04, 2020 to send 600 Pakistani healthcare professionals to work in Kuwait. ( Courtesy: Ministry of Health in Kuwait)
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Updated 05 July 2020

Agreement signed to send 600 Pakistani medics to Kuwait 

  • In May, Pakistan announced it was sending hundreds of health workers to Kuwait on request of the Gulf state
  • ‘Very happy Kuwait and us are helping each other in this crucial time,’ says Zulfikar Bukhari

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Kuwait on Saturday signed a government to government agreement for 600 Pakistani health care professionals to work in Kuwait, special assistant to the prime minister on overseas Pakistanis, Zulfikar Bukhari, told Arab News on Saturday.
Earlier in May, Pakistan announced it would send hundreds of its health workers, including doctors and nurses to Kuwait upon the request of the Gulf state, amid surging rates of infections and fatalities related to the coronavirus pandemic.
“100 doctors, 500 nurses and paramedics as of now,” Bukhari said in a Whatsapp message, and added the numbers could be increased.
“Very happy that Kuwait and us are helping each other in this crucial time,” he said, and added it would increase the bond between the two countries.
The agreement was signed at the headquarters of Kuwait’s Health Ministry.
“Today, Pakistan and Kuwait inked G to G agreement on recruitment of health care professionals. It was signed by, Undersecretary, M/o Health, Kuwait and Ambassador Sajjad on behalf of OEC of Pakistan,” the Pakistan embassy in Kuwait announced in a Twitter post.
Last month local Kuwaiti media reported that Kuwait’s expat doctors stranded in other countries would be flown home in July, including from Pakistan.
Pakistanis make up one of the largest group of foreigners living and working in Kuwait.


Pakistan sends medicines, food items to Lebanon after deadly explosions

Updated 07 August 2020

Pakistan sends medicines, food items to Lebanon after deadly explosions

  • More than 150 people were killed and over 5,000 others were injured when a string of blasts rocked Beirut on August 4
  • FM Qureshi assured his Lebanese counterpart that the government and people of Pakistan stood in strong solidarity with the people of Lebanon

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday sent medicines and food items to Lebanon after a string of deadly explosions ripped through Beirut earlier this week, killing more than 150 people and injuring over 5,000 others.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to Lebanon Najeeb Durrani is handing over eight tons of relief items for the victims of Beirut explosions to senior Lebanese officials at the Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut on Aug. 7, 2020. (Photo courtesy Pakistan Embassy in Beirut)

According to an official statement released in Islamabad, the country’s foreign minister called his Lebanese counterpart and informed him about the relief assistance over the phone.
“Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, in a telephonic conversation, informed his Lebanese counterpart, Charbel Wehbe, that 8 tons of relief assistance consisting of medicines and food supplies sent by the Government of Pakistan as a token of solidarity would be delivered in Beirut today,” said the official statement.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to Lebanon Najeeb Durrani is handing over eight tons of relief items for the victims of Beirut explosions to senior Lebanese officials at the Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut on Aug. 7, 2020. (Photo courtesy Pakistan Embassy in Beirut)

It added that Qureshi also expressed deep sorrow and grief over the loss of precious lives, injuries to people, and extensive material damage caused by the explosions.
“The Foreign Minister underscored that, at this difficult time, Pakistan stood in strong support and solidarity with the brotherly Lebanese people,” the statement said.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to Lebanon Najeeb Durrani is handing over eight tons of relief items for the victims of Beirut explosions to senior Lebanese officials at the Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut on Aug. 7, 2020. (Photo courtesy Pakistan Embassy in Beirut)

Meanwhile, authorities in Lebanon received the relief package on Friday afternoon.
“The relief goods were handed over to Deputy Chief of Protocol Mr. Salem Al Achkar from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants and General Elias Abi Karam, Commander of Lebanon’s Air Force by Najeeb Durrani, Ambassador of Pakistan, today at 1530 at Rafic Hariri International Airport,” Pakistan’s embassy in Beirut confirmed in a statement.