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UAE role in Libya 'strictly humanitarian' - official

President instructs Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Charity Foundation to deliver emergency assistance

UAE role in Libya 'strictly humanitarian' - official
The UAEs Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan. (AFP/Getty Images)

The UAE announced on Monday that its role in Libya was strictly confined to the delivery of humanitarian assistance.

The UAE's president has instructed the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Charity Foundation to deliver emergency assistance to the Libyan people affected by the current events in their country, state news agency WAM reported.

On Sunday, Qatar offered to have four of its jets take part in French-led patrol missions over Libya but the UAE said it was not involved in the military action.

WAM reported that the UAE has, in coordination with Turkey, sent a ship loaded with medical and humanitarian aid to Libya.

Two UAE planes carrying humanitarian aid flew last week to Libya to contribute in efforts to ease suffering of the Libyan people by providing essential medicines and food.

Juma Mubarak Al Junaibi, Undersecretary of the UAE Foreign Ministry, said: "The UAE is assuming its humanitarian role within the framework of brotherhood and friendship with the Libyan people."

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