March 17, 2020
The United Arab Emirates sent two aid planes with over 32 metric tons of medical supplies to fight COVID-19 to Iran, state news agency WAM reported on Monday.
The second batch of humanitarian relief planes took off from Abu Dhabi.
“The UAE’s efforts in carrying out a second medical aid flight to Iran are consistent with our country’s founding humanitarian principles, which guide our belief that providing life-saving assistance to those experiencing distress is essential to serving the common good,” Minister of State for International Cooperation Reem bint Ibrahim Al-Hashemy said.
The first aid delivery to Iran was made on March 3 in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), which involved 7.5 tonnes of medical supplies and five WHO experts.
The UAE has also provided medical supplies to Wuhan in China at the start of the coronavirus outbreak, and to Afghanistan.