United Arab Emirates pledges sustained support for African refugees



The United Arab Emirates will continue to assist refugees scattered across the African continent. This was declared by the Rt. Hon. Dr Amal Abdullah Al QUBAISI, President of the Federal National Council of United Arab Emirates when addressing African Legislators at the opening ceremony of the second ordinary session of the fifth Parliament of PAP in Midrand.

The session is held under the theme "The year of refugees, Returnees and internally Displaced Persons: Towards Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa.”

Dr. Qubaisi said the UAE accords high importance to the subject of refugees who fled their country as a result of conflicts and instability.

“As part of UAE's human and moral value of tolerance, respect for all cultures, religion and human races, the culture of helping the needy and contributing to alleviating suffering, UAE and the UNHCR have signed a $4 million agreement to provide emergency response to Southern Sudanese refugees in Uganda, which is in line with the pledge made during the 'Uganda Solidarity Conference on Refugees' held in Kampala in 2017,” said Dr Qubaisi.

She also reported that the UAE had also responded to the suffering of the refugees in Somalia, Rohingya, Syria, Bosnia Herzegovina and other countries.

Dr. Al Qubaisi also expressed her appreciation and gratitude for the acceptance of the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates as an observer at the Pan-African Parliament.

"This status means that we have better understanding of the issues that are critical to you and we are in a better place to coordinate efforts and responses to common challenges and opportunities," she emphasized, adding that both parliaments would be able to reflect on the extent to which Africa and UAE's shared interests, history and future are intertwined.

The guest of honor said the UAE views Africa as a continent with great potential which could be unlocked easily by economic integration and ensuring safety for its economic players and its people. "We see an opportunity for cooperation in areas of trade, food security, environment, energy and climate change,” she concluded.