A high-profile delegation from Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has visited Sierra Leone and Liberia to discuss mutual relations and enhance QRCS’s humanitarian diplomacy roles in Africa.
The QRCS delegation comprised Ali bin Hassan al-Hammadi, secretary-general, and Dr Fawzi Oussedik, head of International Relations.
Over a week, the delegation met top government officials in the two countries, visited the communities affected by mudslides and held talks with top officials of their fellow national societies, QRCS said in a statement.
The meetings held by the delegation were with the presidents, secretaries-general, senior management, staff members and volunteers of Sierra Leone Red Cross Society and Liberia National Red Cross Society.
Two memorandums of understanding were signed by QRCS and its host national societies, as a framework of co-operation and stronger relations, the statement noted.
Under the agreements, the parties shall work together on issues of common interest, principally the launch of water and sanitation, health and hygiene, food security and nutrition, and livelihood projects.
Other aspects of co-operation will involve improvement of community resilience in the face of natural disasters and climate change, disaster preparedness and response, provision of ambulance and emergency care, and other activities related to the mandates of QRCS.
It was agreed to create joint committees to work towards the relevant goals in the respective capacities of each party.
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