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The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia will provide $70 million towards the salaries of teachers in Yemen, in cooperation with the Unicef, with each country paying half of the sum.
An agreement toward this effect was signed in Riyadh on Wednesday by Dr Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Rabiah, Adviser to the Saudi Royal Court and General Supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre, Sultan Mohammed Al Shamsi, UAE Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for International Development Affairs at MoFAIC, and Al Tayeb Adam, Representative of UNESCO to GCC States.
The sum will boost the salaries of 136,799 teaching staff in a number of Yemeni governorates and comes as part of the continued support provided by the two countries to alleviate the humanitarian and economic crisis of the Yemeni people.
The Unicef representative expressed appreciation for the UAE-Saudi support, which he said will enable up to 3.7 million Yemeni children to continue their study in their own country, in addition to improving the living conditions of teachers and boosting the domestic economy in general.
He revealed an additional donation of $40 million to be provided by the two countries to help Unicef fight malnutrition and cholera in Yemen.
Sultan Al Burkani, Speaker of the Yemeni Parliament, praised the efforts of the member countries of the Arab Coalition, led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, to support Yemen.
The affected states stressed that the attacks endangered international commercial navigation and the security of global energy supplies, and threatened international peace and security.
The world cannot afford a major confrontation in the Gulf, UN chief Antonio Guterres warned on Thursday, as the Security Council prepared to meet to discuss suspected attacks on two oil tankers in a strategic sea lane.
"The UAE-Saudi financial support is conducive to stopping the outbreak of cholera in the communities most heavily affected by the disease, while helping in building capacities to develop effective and rapid response to the epidemic in the future," said Altaf S. Musani, Representative and Head of Mission at World Health Organisation, in Yemen.
President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan called on citizens to strictly adhere to anti-virus protocols while celebrating Eid Al Fitr, stating that the measures were necessary to avoid a massive outbreak.
Home Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali was informed about the decision and he told the Muslim leaders that he would speak to the Director General of Police.
Proposed by the militants and matched by President Ashraf Ghani, the truce will grant respite for Afghans as they mark the Muslim festival with friends and family.