UN praises Egypt's humanitarian efforts in Libya following storm Daniel

Ahram Online , Wednesday 20 Sep 2023

Martin Griffiths, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, praised Egypt's humanitarian response towards the affected areas in Libya following storm Daniel, according to an official statement by the foreign ministry.

Egypt s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry during his meeting with UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths on Tuesday evening on the sidelines of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly. Photo courtesy of Foreign Ministry


Griffiths’ remarks came during a meeting with Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sameh Shoukry, on Tuesday on the sidelines of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly, currently held in New York.

Griffiths added that he looks forward to furthering cooperation with Egypt to provide humanitarian aid to crisis areas in the region, according to the statement.

Last Sunday, the Egyptian Navy’s Mistral carrier unloaded heavy equipment at Tobruk in northeast Libya, including excavators, cranes, and electric generators.

The Egyptian Mistral, which bears the name Gamal Abdel-Nasser, will function as a field hospital. It also carries 102 containers, 79 of which include subsistence and medical supplies.

Egypt also dispatched three military planes to Libya carrying humanitarian aid, including medical supplies, tents, search and rescue teams, and work groups from the Egyptian Red Crescent.

Moreover, the UN Under-Secretary-General also hailed Egypt's considerable efforts to resolve the crisis in Sudan and provide humanitarian support to the Sudanese people.

For his part, Shoukry said Egypt stresses the importance of mobilizing global support to provide humanitarian aid to Sudan and neighbouring countries, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said.

On 12 September, an Egyptian navy supply ship arrived at Port Sudan with hundreds of tons of relief supplies from the Egyptian Red Crescent, the Sudanese embassy in Cairo, the Kuwaiti Red Crescent, and the Arab League.

Since the start of the armed conflict in Sudan, 310,000 Sudanese have entered Egypt through the Qustul and Argeen border crossings, Shoukry said on Tuesday.

In May, the ministry stated that in addition to hosting regional offices for the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, World Food Programme, and International Organization for Migration, Egypt hosts nine million migrants and refugees.

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