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Thailand donates 900 tons of rice for UN agency’s relief operations in Iraq

Thailand donates 900 tons of rice for UN agency’s relief operations in Iraq

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today said it had received a donation of 902 tons of rice from Thailand destined for Iraq, the second major donation from Bangkok in two years.

The donation, with a cash value of $372,670, follows a 3,000-ton shipment Thailand sent to Afghanistan in 2001.

“We are very pleased to receive this new donation from the Government of Thailand,” said WFP Executive-Director James T. Morris. “This generous gift to the people of Iraq consolidates Thailand’s commitment to humanitarian assistance. We look forward to future support from Thailand for the hungry poor.”

Mr. Morris noted that the strong economies of South and Southeast Asia give the region the potential to produce more “emerging donors” to WFP than any other region in the world.

WFP launched the largest food aid operation in history in Iraq this year, bringing into the country about 2.2 million tons of food commodities by the end of October. The budget for the operation stands at $1.5 billion, the agency said.