(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) By Tamer Bu El Ainayn GENEVA, July 11 (KUNA) -- Director-General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Ambassador William Lacy Swing, said on Wednesday that "the words of thanks are not enough to convey to His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for his generous support for international humanitarian work".
آ آ آ This came in a statement to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) following his meeting with Kuwait's Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva, Ambassador Jamal Al-Ghunaim to discuss Kuwaiti support for the organization's programs in Yemen.
آ آ آ "Three years of conflict in Yemen has caused the suffering of millions of civilians, and as armed conflict continues and the peace process ceases, Yemen remains in the grip of a devastating humanitarian and development crisis," Swing said.
آ آ "Kuwait's support for the organization is the oldest of its kind among the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. His Highness the Amir has always been a pioneer in contributing to humanitarian work", he added.
He pointed out that His Highness the Amir's efforts have always been praised in every international occasion concerned with humanitarian files.
"The Amir of the State of Kuwait is always in a race to respond to the humanitarian appeals launched by the United Nations organizations to deal with the crises. Kuwait was the first to contribute either to Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq or Yemen, which is of a solid nature," he said.
At the same time, Swing explained that this support is not a surprise to His Highness who has been described by the United Nations as a leader of humanitarian work, adding that IOM has all respect and appreciation to His Highness.
آ آ آ He added that he had received the honor of meeting His Highness the Amir of Kuwait, but he intends to go to Kuwait to meet with him again to bid farewell before leaving office this year.
آ آ آ For his part, Ambassador Jamal Al-Ghunaim told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) that the State of Kuwait has not and will not hesitate to support the humanitarian work carried out by international humanitarian organizations to stop the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Yemen.
آ آ آ "At the same time, the State of Kuwait stresses the strengthening of long and fruitful relations with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which ultimately serve international humanitarian work," he added.(end).
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