UAE government has offered an economic aid of Rs.700 crore to the flood-hit Kerala, said Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday. While briefing media on Tuesday at Thiruvananthapuram, Pinarayi Vijayan said that the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has spoken to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the aid. "The UAE has offered Rs.700 crore," added Vijayan.
Thanking UAE ministry on behalf of the Malayali community, Vijayan said that the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan had also shared the information about the Rs.700 crore aid offer with Kerala-based businessman in Gulf, Yusuf Ali, during a meeting recently.
The Chief Minister also lauded the benevolence extended by the UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Makthoum and UAE Armed force Deputy Supreme Commander Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The UAE government had formed a national emergency committee to help the flood victims of Kerala.
"Gulf is the second home of millions of Keralites. That is the attitude of many Malayalis in Kerala. The government from Gulf is also considering Malayalis like this. Keralites are not mere workers in Gulf. If we consider Gulf population, many of them have a Kerala connection. Gulf also has a Malayali touch. His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has talked about Kerala with our Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Rs. 700 crore is the aid from the UAE.” said Pinarayi Vijayan.