Ali bin Hassan al-Hammadi, secretary-general of Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS), has met a high-profile delegation from the embassy of Venezuela.

The delegation comprised Giuseppe Angelo Yoffreda Yorio, ambassador; Fatima Majzoub, assistant ambassador; and Andres Eloy Marquez Picon, first secretary.

The meeting was also attended by QRCS officials Dr Fawzi Oussedik, head of International Relations and International Humanitarian Law; Adel al-Baker, director of the office of president; and Nagla al-Hajj, head of International Development.

Al-Hammadi welcomed the guests and emphasised the strong political, economic and humanitarian relations between Qatar and Venezuela. He also highlighted the close communication between QRCS and the Venezuelan Red Cross in international conferences, under the umbrella of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

He revealed a plan to visit several countries in South America, including Venezuela, where a memorandum of understanding (MoU) may be signed between QRCS and the Venezuelan Red Cross to establish humanitarian co-operation, building on the excellent relations between the two countries, according to a press statement.

Dr Oussedik described the Qatar-Venezuela relations as “historical and not recent”. QRCS advocated Venezuela’s nominee for the office of deputy president of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Al-Hajj presented QRCS’s support to the Venezuelan Red Cross, among 22 national societies that received humanitarian support to fight Covid-19.

Yorio was happy for being at QRCS to step up co-operation against the pandemic. “The Government of Qatar has given a lot to the world out of human solidarity,” he said. “It is something to be respected and admired."

He promised to offer all types of facilitation to QRCS’s Covid-19 control project in Venezuela. “Despite the distance, the hearts of the Venezuelan and Qatari people are close,” Yorio concluded.

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