UAE official's son makes unexpected cameo in high-level global conference

Reem Al Hashimy's son, Hazza, walked up to his mother as she addressed officials from around the world in a video conference

People around the world have been taking part in video conferences as part of the "new normal", which can sometimes lead to unexpected cameos by children and pets.

During a remote pledging conference, aimed at raising $2.4 billion (Dh8.8bn) to support aid operations in Yemen and curb the spread of coronavirus, Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Co-operation, presented the UAE's statement.

The meeting, co-hosted by the UN and Saudi Arabia, was attended by high-level officials from around the world who each tuned in to declare their country's contribution.

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Great moment with my colleague Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Co-operation, at the Yemen Donor's Conference

But while Ms Al Hashimy read the UAE's statement, which outlined the humanitarian support offered by the Emirates to Yemen since 2015, her young son Hazza walked over and leant on her shoulder.

The unexpected appearance drew laughs from co-host Mark Lowcock, UN undersecretary general for humanitarian affairs.

A slightly red-faced Ms Al Hashimy apologised and continued, gently keeping her arm out to stop her son from walking back into frame.

The endearing clip was shared by Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, who described the moment as beautiful and spontaneous.

The moment was also appreciated by Dr Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, who also posted the video to Twitter.

"Great moment with my colleague Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Co-operation, at the Yemen Donor’s Conference," Dr Gargash said.

"Proud of the success of Emirati women in whatever they choose to do."

During Tuesday's remote meeting, Saudi Arabia pledged $500 million in support towards Yemen's humanitarian response plan.

Last week, Mr Lowcock said the UN received $3.2bn for Yemen after countries in the Gulf region, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE, stepped up.

In total, the conference raised $1.35bn, short of its target and below the $3.2bn raised last year for Yemen's humanitarian needs.

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