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Gulf Today Report
Pakistan on Saturday has sent a batch of COVID-19-related relief goods to Iraq to help the latter's fight against the pandemic, a statement from the Foreign Ministry said.
The goods were dispatched on the Prime Minister Imran Khan’s directives, according to the Foreign Office.
"The first plane-load was dispatched today in presence of the Chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority, senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ambassador of Iraq to Pakistan.
The next two consignments of relief goods are expected to be sent in the coming week, the Ministry confirmed.
"The Covid-19 pandemic is a global challenge, which can only be contained with international solidarity and cooperation.
"The government and people of Pakistan stand by their Iraqi brethren in this difficult time," the statement added.
The Ministry said Pakistan and Iraq have multifaceted relationship, marked by regular high-level exchanges and growing cooperation in diverse fields.
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The Federal Identity and Citizenship Authority (ICA) on Thursday reviewed the features and advantages of the second generation of the Emirates ID that go in line with the concept of overall digital transformation in the UAE.
Passengers travelling from countries where flights had been banned were allowed to transit through UAE airports from Aug.5 as long as they present a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to departure.