Minister of Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali held a virtual meeting with Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, minister of state, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates, regarding the joint fight against the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The two counterparts also discussed various aspects of Nepal-UAE relations and cooperation during the meeting.

During the meeting, Gyawali thanked the Government of the United Arab Emirates for providing medical equipment and supplies to Nepal to fight the COVID pandemic. "The support received from UAE will be valuable at a time when Nepal is fighting against the surge of new variants of COVID," he said. The UAE minister expressed his government's solidarity with Nepal in its fight against the pandemic and assured continued cooperation from the UAE government for the welfare of Nepali nationals living there.

On the request of the Government of Nepal, the Government of the United Arab Emirates is sending a consignment of medical equipment and supplies, to Nepal.

It is expected to arrive in Kathmandu soon. The UAE government had provided COVID-related medical assistance to Nepal last year as well.

A version of this article appears in the print on June 01, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.