Emirates Red Crescent officials, Kazakh envoy discuss cooperation on food security in crisis zones

ABU DHABI, 30th October 2015 (WAM) — Chairman of the board of the Emirates Red Crescent, Dr. Hamdan Musallam Al Mazrouei, and Ambassador of Kazakhstan, Kairat Lama Sharif, on Thursday met to discuss cooperation on enhancing food security in areas hit by humanitarian crisis and disasters and helping countries suffering from food shortages.
In the meeting, the Kazakh envoy noted that his country is ready cooperate with the UAE agency to create a strategic reserve of essential foods like wheat, rice and meat, to support its relief and humanitarian operations and help victims of hunger and poverty exacerbated by drought and desertification.
He noted that Kazakhstan is among the world’s six largest producers of wheat.
Ambassador Sharif said Kazakhstan greatly admires the UAE’s humanitarian and development efforts in Aden and other Yemeni governorates as well as its interest in achieving stability in Yemen and restoring life to normal in the country through food aid and essential services like healthcare, education, water and power.
Al Mazrouei said the meeting is part of the existing outstanding bilateral relations between the two countries that are strong thanks to the support extended by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the humanitarian and development initiatives of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region and President of the Emirates Red Crescent, is following up the agency’s projects in the central Asian country.
The Emirates Red Crescent opened an office in Almaty in 1995 for its humanitarian operations in Kazakhstan and has since carried out a number of development projects including construction of schools and health centres in addition to providing water and sponsoring orphans.