Lt. General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi, Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces, received in Abu Dhabi Friday, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of Jordan, Major General Pilot, Yousef Ahmed Al Hunaiti, and his accompanying delegation during their visit to the UAE.
During the meeting, Lt. General Hamad Al Rumaithi welcomed his Jordanian counterpart and praised the good relations between the UAE and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in various fields, emphasizing UAE's keenness to develop military cooperation and exchange experiences.
The two sides also explored prospects for cooperation in military fields, in addition to discussing a number of issues of mutual interest, Emirates news agency WAM reported.
Meanwhile, the Jordanian field hospital has arrived on Thursday to Lebanon to provide medical and treatment services, as a result of the recent Beirut explosion, which has claimed over a hundred lives and injured dozens others, Petra news agency announced.
Seeing off the hospital’s teams at the airport, Assistant Chief of the Joint Staff for Administration and Manpower, Brigadier General Abdullah Shdeifat, lauded the team’s scheduled “humanitarian” effort in support of the Lebanese people, who are facing the “exceptional” circumstances, expressing hope the mission will be carried out to the fullest extent.
For his part, Director of Army Moral Guidance Directorate, Brigadier General Talal Ghbain, said the hospital, dispatched upon Royal directives, is equipped with all the medical teams necessary to carry out minor and major operations and consists of 48 beds, 10 of which are for (ICU) purposes, and two operating rooms.
The hospital will be ready to work around the clock to provide the necessary medical care to the Lebanese people, Ghbain said.
On Sunday, Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces, General Joseph Aoun, visited the Jordanian field hospital. He thanked the Kingdom under the leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah, stressing that Jordan is always a pioneer in providing assistance to Arab brothers and peoples who face crises and disasters.
He also thanked the Jordanian medical teams in Lebanon to provide treatment the injured in the Beirut Port incident.
Furthermore, a UAE plane carrying 40 metric tons of critical medical and food supplies as well as nutritional supplements for kids has arrived in Beirut Thursday in support of the victims of the massive explosion.
The urgent humanitarian aid comes in implementation of the directives of the His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and under the follow-up of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in Al Dhafra Region, Chairman of the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC).
“A comprehensive phased humanitarian plan has been put in place in response to the crisis, and during this stage the focus is laid on providing medical supplies in support of the Lebanese health facilities under the current tough circumstances to help them respond to the needs of the large number of victims,” said Dr Mohammed Atiq Al Falahi, the ERC Secretary General,
“The response plan includes a significant amount of assistance and psychological support for kids, especially that all available reports indicate an increased number of victims among children,” he continued.
The ERC is operating in collaboration with the Humanitarian Assistance Bureau at the UAE Embassy in Beirut to widen the scope of beneficiaries from the UAE aid and set out priorities for the coming period according to the daily follow-up of the situation on the ground in coordination with the relevant Lebanese authorities, he added.