Ambassador Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, UAE's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, speaks at the UNSC. File
The UAE called for the continuation of the ceasefire between Israel and Palestine, stressing the importance of de-escalation throughout the occupied Palestinian territories. The UAE also called for the end of all illegal measures and practices in the occupied territories that undermine the two-state solution, including the construction and expansion of settlements, the confiscation and demolition of Palestinian property, and the forced displacement of residents, especially in East Jerusalem.
In this regard, the UAE stressed the need for Israel to assume its responsibilities in accordance with international law and relevant UN resolutions, including providing the necessary protection for Palestinian civilians.
The UAE highlighted the need to preserve the legal and historical status quo of the city of Jerusalem and to ensure Palestinians are able to practice their religious traditions, while respecting the historical role of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan as the custodian of the holy sites in the city. The UAE also stressed the importance of avoiding any measures that would exacerbate tensions in the city of Jerusalem or affect the historical arrangements related to Al Aqsa Mosque, in particular.
The UAE urged the international community to continue providing the necessary support to the Palestinian people, especially in light of the difficult humanitarian and economic conditions exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reaffirming its longstanding commitment to the Palestinian people, the UAE noted that it has contributed more than $883 million from 2013 to 2021 to fund vital sectors and support development efforts in the occupied Palestinian territories, including through UNRWA.
In its statement, the UAE also said that it has sent 60,000 vaccines and more than 36.6 tonnes of urgent medical aid to thousands of Palestinian families in the Gaza Strip to confront the pandemic. The UAE also reaffirmed its support for reconstruction to alleviate human suffering and to provide economic opportunities for youth in the Gaza Strip.
The UAE concluded by underlining its full support for the Palestinian cause and the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.
The UAE stressed that a just, lasting, and comprehensive solution requires the creation of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state based on 4th June 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, in accordance with relevant Security Council resolutions, the Madrid references, the Arab Peace Initiative, and other agreed international references.
The UAE's seventh aid was dispatched as part of the UAE's continuous humanitarian efforts to assist the people of Afghanistan in these difficult times, and to address the shortage of medicine and food, impacting citizens there, especially women, children and elderly people.
The deaths on Friday came as thousands of Palestinians held protests at several sections of the Israel-Gaza border fence. Gaza's health ministry said 38 others were wounded by live fire.
Palestinian media said Samoudi was wounded while standing at her window as Israeli troops were firing tear gas and gunshots during a confrontation with residents of the city's Jaberyat neighborhood during the raid.
Priority would be given to those who are registered in the Hajj electronic system and whose data have been previously updated.
"The FNC is confident that the UAE, under President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed, will see a new era of achievements and development. The country will continue to be the nation of giving, tolerance, safety and security," Ghobash said.
The move, which will bring total available funding for projects over the next 15 months to $30 billion, was unveiled hours before a major United Nations meeting on global food security.
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