(MENAFN- The Peninsula) QNA
New York: The State of Qatar announced an additional commitment of $1m, bringing its total contribution to $ 3m in support of the rescue operations coordinated by the United Nations to prevent the catastrophic leakage of the FSO Safer oil tanker.
This came in a speech delivered by Assistant Foreign Minister, H E Lolwah bint Rashid Al Khater, in front of a high-level event on preventing oil spill in Red Sea from the tanker Safer, on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Her Excellency indicated that Qatar had announced a donation of $2m as urgent support for the plan, during the donation ceremony held last May and hosted by Netherlands and the United Nations.
Her Excellency expressed Qatar's deep concern about the status of the tanker, noting that the lack of funding has already delayed the start of operations and led to the postponement of activities until next October, and this in turn increases the degree of risk of operations.
Assistant Foreign Minister explained that the risks posed by the current conditions of the tanker Safer moored off the Yemeni coast require urgent and immediate action, praising the rapid response of the United Nations to mitigate the threat and mobilize international support.
Her Excellency indicated that the potential oil spill would lead to an environmental disaster that would threaten the lives and livelihoods of countless individuals, as well as the rich biodiversity of the Red Sea, pointing out that the environmental damage would have high economic costs on the region.
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