His Excellency Mohammed Hajji Al Khouri, Director General of Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation discussed with HE Clara Martinez Teddy, Dominican Republic Ambassador to the UAE, the best authorized ways to find the logistic means to deliver urgent relief aids to the earthquake victims in Haiti through the Dominican Republic.
This came during a meeting held by HE Mohammed Hajji Al Khouri today with the Dominican Ambassador concerning coordination in the field of humanitarian aids provided by the Khalifa Foundation for the victims of Haiti earthquake, within the framework of the Foundation's contacts with the United Nations organizations and diplomatic missions and global humanitarian organizations, for the actual translation of directives by His Highness, President of the UAE, for the relief of the affected in the Republic of Haiti as a result of the Jan. 12 earthquake that caused huge human and material damages.
During the meeting, HE Ambassador Clara Martinez Teddy expressed her country's full readiness to receive any aids from friendly countries and deliver them to the affected in Haiti, mentioning the start of aids’ arrival from all over the world for the relief of the distressed.
She said that her country will spare no effort to boost cooperation and coordination with Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation to deliver aids to the affected in Haiti quickly.
During the meeting, the Ambassador explained the status quo situation on the Haitian arena and the size of damages caused by the quake. She said that the size of the disaster requires enhancement and doubling of international efforts to reduce the suffering of the Haitian people, supplying them with the necessary requirements and helping them to overcome the crisis which requires a lot of patience and time.
The Dominican Republic Ambassador lauded the charity and humanitarian work undertaken by the United Arab Emirates in general and Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation in particular for the reduction of human suffering and relief of peoples facing wars, ordeals and natural disasters.
Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation’s first relief plane had arrived at Las Americans International Airport in the Dominican Republic last Friday night, carrying 77 tons of urgent food aids and medical supplies to the Haitian people. The Foundation's delegation located in the Dominican Republic received the plane for the supervision and coordination with the Dominican Government in order to deliver aids to the affected in Haiti as soon as possible.
It's worth mentioning that the Dominican Republic is one of the countries of the Caribbean Sea, occupying two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola and sharing with the rest of the third of the island, which is the western part of it the Republic of Haiti, hit by a devastating earthquake. The island of Hispaniola lies east of the island of Cuba and comes second after Cuba among the Caribbean Sea islands in terms of area.