India offers food aid to Yemen

July 9th, 2012 - 6:32 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 9 (IANS) With a crippling food storage hitting the Arab world’s poorest state, India Monday extended humanitarian assistance to Yemen.

“India and Yemen have traditionally enjoyed close relations. In keeping with this, Government of India is extending humanitarian food assistance comprising rice to the Republic of Yemen,” the external affairs ministry said here.

The first consignment is scheduled to reach the port of Hodaidah in Yemen on July 13.

A catastrophic food crisis is unfolding in Yemen, which is reportedly facing serious security problems due to the resurgence of Al Qaeda in the Arab state.

The food crisis has hit the Yemeni economy adversely, with the United Nations requested the international community to assist Yemen with food.

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