KRCS lauds Kuwait’s humanitarian air bridge to help Sudan

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KUWAIT CITY, May 4: Preparations are in full swing for carrying out a humanitarian campaign to provide relief aid to Sudanese people, with the first aid aircraft being scheduled to fl y to Sudan later today, said Kuwait’s ambassador. The campaign involving five planes lasts until next Monday is meant to dispatch medical and humanitarian aid to Sudanese people, Kuwaiti Ambassador in Khartoum Dr. Fahad Al-Dhfairi told KUNA. The Kuwaiti aid airlift, which includes 75 tons of relief aid in the first phase, comes under the direction of the Kuwaiti political leadership with a view to easing out the anguish of the Sudanese people due to ongoing war in their country, he said.

Kuwait Air Force plane carrying aid for the Sudanese people ready for take-off

The five-day humanitarian initiative is to be jointly carried out by the Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) and the ministries of health, finance and defense, the ambassador pointed out. The Kuwaiti cabinet had decided to send humanitarian and relief aid to Sudanese people following the eruption of fighting between the Sudanese army and paramilitary forces. Kuwait’s Red Crescent Society praised the Kuwaiti humanitarian step by launching a relief air bridge to the brothers in Sudan, which was inaugurated Thursday with an aid plane carrying 10 tons of medical supplies to be delivered to the Sudanese people. In a statement to KUNA, KRCS Deputy Chairman, Anwar Al-Hassawi, said that Kuwait has always been at the forefront of countries providing humanitarian aid to needy people, adding that medical aid comes based on the directives of the political leadership.

Al-Hassawi also noted that there are a number of other planes heading to Sudan to provide relief to the brothers there, expressing his thanks to the Kuwaiti Ministry of Defense for harnessing the planes and the ministries of foreign affairs, health, finance, social affairs and others for their contribution to the success of this humanitarian mission. In turn, Kuwait ambassador to Sudan Dr. Fahad Al-Dhufairi affirmed that this humanitarian aid expresses Kuwait’s solidarity with the Sudanese people in these difficult circumstances. Kuwait’s Ambassador to Sudan, Dr. Fahad Al- Thafeeri spoke Thursday of his country’s rapid response to the humanitarian situation in Sudan via providing medical aid and relief to the Sudanese people.

Ambassador Al-Thafeeri told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) that the Kuwaiti air bridge launched its first flight this morning carrying urgent humanitarian aid to the Sudanese people, as per the directives of Kuwait’s wise leadership and the instructions of his highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Al-Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The Ambassador also noted the considerable role of Kuwait’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Sabah as the ministry was instructed to coordinate with ministries of defense, finance and health as well as KRCS to facilitate the arrival of 75 tons of aid to Port Sudan International Airport.

The aid will be delivered to Sudanese Health Ministry and the local Red Crescent Society. On his part Sudanese Ambassador to the country, Awadh Al-Kareem Mousa, stated that this is but an extension of Kuwait’s humanitarian role, and expressed his gratitude to Kuwait’s political leadership, its government and its people. The Ambassador extended his gratitude to the foreign minister who showed significant care and interest in the Sudanese situation putting it at the forefront of his agenda. Kuwait’s cabinet decided during its last meeting on Monday to send aid and relief to the fraternal nation of Sudan. The first planeload took off from Kuwait Thursday morning, with ambassador Al-Thafeeri on board along with an accompanying delegation from KRCS.

Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah said Thursday Kuwait’s four-day aid airlift comes upon direction of the political leadership and reflects its solidarity with brotherly and sisterly countries. He said the initiative was at the behest of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah, His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and the cabinet, for sending relief aid to Sudan due to the current circumstances in their country. In this context, a committee of the ministries of foreign affairs, defense, finance and health as well as the Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS), he said.

The committee is meant to ensure the delivery of relief and medical aid to Sudanese people as soon as possible, he said, noting that the first flight has already been sent to Sudan. The first flights of the Kuwaiti relief airlift to help the brothers in the Republic of Sudan took off Thursday morning, reflecting the true Kuwaiti desire to stand with brothers and friends and alleviate their pain and sufferings. The fresh relief initiative shows Kuwait’s deeprooted humanitarian approach that wins widescale world appreciation.

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