Coronavirus: UAE pledges ‘support and solidarity’ with US to fight outbreak

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed promises to provide medical assistance to US citizens in UAE

The UAE has pledged its continued support and solidarity to the US as both work to stop the coronavirus spreading further.

The UAE ambassador to the US, Yousef Al Otaiba, met Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week to convey a message by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed.

Sheikh Abdullah’s message reaffirmed the country’s commitment to provide medical assistance to any private American citizen or member of the US Armed Forces living in the UAE.

The UAE also offered to organise the repatriation of US citizens if necessary, through the US Customs clearance centre at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Sheikh Abdullah said the airport would be made available to any US airlines that might want to schedule special flights to or from the UAE.

Since the global outbreak began, the UAE has tested more than 127,000 people.

The Emirates has 140 cases of Covid-19 and 31 people have recovered since it found its first case in January.

The US has more than 11,500 cases and 150 deaths.

There are around 220,000 cases globally and 8,800 deaths.

The UAE has been working with the US and the World Health Organisation to provide humanitarian assistance and medical supplies for countries with significant needs.

This week, the UAE sent more than 32 tonnes of medical supplies to Iran, where at least 1,100 people have died and 17,361 cases have been reported.

This month, it flew hundreds of students and their families, mostly from Arab countries, out of Hubei province, in co-operation with the Chinese government.