In response to an appeal made by the United Nations to the international community to extend humanitarian assistance to Yemen, India has extended food assistance in the form of around 2,500 metric tonnes of rice valued at around USD 2 million.
The food assistance is channelised through the World Food Programme (WFP).
The first consignment of rice arrived at the Hodeidah Port in Yemen and was handed over formally to the WFP by Dr Ausaf Sayeed, Ambassador of India during a brief ceremony, a statement released by the Indian Embassy in Sana today said.
The ceremony was attended by Omar Abdulaziz, Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, Hassan Ahmad Al Hajj, Secretary General of the Hodeidah Governorate, Henning Scharpff, Deputy Country Director of WFP and other officials of the Yemeni government.
The Yemeni Deputy Minister expressed his gratitude to the government of India for the humanitarian assistance and said that "this donation marks yet another milestone in the long and historic relationship between Yemen and India".
Scharpff noted that "there is enough rice in this generous contribution to feed more than 330,000 hungry people for a month so the donation is both welcome and very timely".
India has also made a commitment for dispatching another tranche of food assistance valued at around USD 2 million in the form of wheat, which is expected to reach Yemen very soon.