Transport Minister discusses with Grande rehabilitation of Hodeidah port for humanitarian purposes

April 1, 2019

SANAA, March 31 (Saba) - Transport Minister Zakaria al-Shami met on Saturday with United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, Lise Grande.



During the meeting they discussed ways of rehabilitating the port of Hodeidah for humanitarian purposes, according to a plan that includes several projects to facilitate the passage of humanitarian aid based on a comprehensive assessment of damage to the port by repeated targeting of its facilities by the warplanes of US-saudi aggression coalition.



Al-Shami pointed to technical, professional and neutral mechanism followed in port work to serve the nation in general without distinction among the various provinces, because it is away from any military or security intervention in its activity.



He called for the development of coordination mechanisms in relation to the projects expected to be implemented at the port to restore its important humanitarian service provided.



'We want the simple citizen to feel the role of the United Nations directly in alleviating his suffering,' he said, adding that the hodeidah port 'serves about 80 percent of the population of Yemen.'



In turn, Grande pointed to the humanitarian importance of the port of Hodeidah for the flow of food and pharmaceutical aid and commodities.



She stressed that the United Nations will do all it can to rehabilitate the port to carry out its humanitarian tasks during the coming period.

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