Qatar's embassy in Lima has handed over medical aid from Qatar Charity to Peru in support of its efforts to confront the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

The aid delivery ceremony was attended by Peru's Minister of Health Dr Pilar Mazzetti, Vice Minister of Defence Resources Gen Jose Boggiano Romano, Foreign Affairs Ministry's Directorate General of Africa, Middle East and Gulf countries ambassador Carlos Zapata Lopez, a number of senior officials in the Peruvian government, and Qatar's ambassador to Peru Ali bin Hamad al-Sulaiti.

Dr Mazzetti expressed thanks to Qatar's government and people for the humanitarian stance towards Peru and its support for the health sector to confront the pandemic, and for providing medical aid to her country.

Ambassador Lopez also expressed thanks and appreciation to Qatar for standing by Peru as it combats the spread of Covid-19, stressing the depth of the bilateral relations between the two countries.

On behalf of the Peruvian Minister of Defence, Gen Romano extended thanks to Qatar and hailed its humanitarian stance towards his country, as well as its valuable support that would allow frontline workers to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

He added that the assistance provided by Qatar will benefit his country when it is facing a difficult time.

Ambassador al-Sulaiti stressed Qatar's humanitarian role and its assistance to friendly countries to fight the pandemic, in addition to its keenness to stand by friendly countries affected by the spread of the virus.

Since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, Qatar has provided urgent medical aid to 78 friendly countries, on five continents around the world, in order to help them confront this crisis and reduce its consequences, Qatar's ambassador said.

He pointed out that Qatar Airways played a pivotal role in the delivery of aid, and was also able to transport 1mn stranded people around the world and help them return to their homes, adding that this effort earned international praise by several governments around the world.

Al-Sulaiti hailed the depth of bilateral relations, noting that Qatar has played humanitarian role in many crises that Peru has gone through.

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