BEIRUT, 25th October, 2016 (WAM) — The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, KF, has signed a co-operation agreement with Lebanon’s Dar al-Fatwa.

The agreement was signed by Hamad Saeed Sultan Al Shamsi, UAE Ambassador to the Republic of Lebanon, and Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian, Mufti of the Republic of Lebanon.

The signing of the agreement was also attended by a number of diplomats from the humanitarian and development affairs attaches, and social, charitable and religious figures. Under the agreement, KF will provide financial support and health insurance worth AED10 million to the administrative and religious staff, and teachers of the Islamic religion in government schools and other awqaf departments.

“We held our meeting today in order to enhance co-operation and ties between Lebanon and the UAE which has been supportive for Lebanon’s Dar al-Fatwa to alleviate the suffering of the Lebanese during the dire conditions that Lebanon has been through,” Derian said after signing the agreement.

He also pointed out that the agreement enhances the existing co-operation to support scholars, Imams and preachers of the religious and administrative staff. He also noted that the foundation has been providing financial support and health insurance for years, but today all competent departments will be committed to provisions of the agreement. He also extended thanks to everyone who contributed to this achievement, especially the UAE ambassador.

“The UAE donations through its embassy are countless, especially those provided to the displaced Syrians in Lebanon,” he said in conclusion while thanking the UAE for opening the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Hospital in Chebaa.

In his remarks on the occasion, the UAE ambassador said that Dar al-Fatwa represents a religious and charitable institution which reflects moderation and tolerance in delivering the noble message of Islam and its humanitarian side.

”I have the pleasure of conveying the greeting of the UAE’s leadership whose steps we follow with regard to charitable work,” he added. The UAE has historic ties with the Lebanese people, he also noted.

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