NEW YORK, Sept 23 – Kuwaiti First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, called for concerted efforts to address the spread of the deadly Ebola virus disease.

“The world is facing one of the worst epidemics threatening our societies and health, particularly in the West African countries, where Ebola killed thousands of people,” Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled said, in a speech before a ministerial meeting of the Arab-Africa Partnership Coordination Committee chaired by him.

“We have a shared responsibility to confront this epidemic. This should happen within the framework of the World Health Organisation (WHO),” he said.

He noted that Kuwait donated USD five million for WHO to help confront this disease, adding, “I urge the continuation of efforts to contain this epidemic and stop its spread.”

Kuwait was keen on bolstering economic and humanitarian conditions of people around the globe. Kuwait attaches great importance to the provision of humanitarian and economic assistances for the developing and least-developed countries, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled went on.

During the Third Arab-Africa Summit, hosted by Kuwait in Nov, 2013, Kuwait offered huge financial contributions to development in the African countries, he recalled.

The Amir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, committed USD one billion in soft loans for the African countries, to be used for development projects over five years, and offered another USD one billion for infrastructure projects in African countries, to be channeled through the World Bank and international financial institutions.

The Amir also announced a USD one million award, under the name of the late Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sumait, dedicated for development research in Africa, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled went on.

The award, in appreciation of Al-Sumait’s remarkable philanthropic contributions in the African continent, would be supervised by Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science (KFAS).

Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled noted that a team was formed to follow-up the implementation of the Amir’s initiatives for Africa.

The Kuwaiti minister thanked the Arab League and the African Union for their endeavours to bring about success to the Arab-Africa partnership.He also welcomed the African Union’s unfreezing of the membership of Egypt.