Qatar pledged $100 million in humanitarian assistance Saturday to help Americans recover from Hurricane Katrina, heading a list of more than a dozen countries joining an outpouring of support.
They added to the more than 50 countries who had made pledges by the end of the day Friday.
“In these difficult circumstances, the people and the government of the state of Qatar would like to assure the people of the United States of its support and desire to assist the people in the affected area along the United States Gulf Coast,” said a statement from the oil-rich Persian Gulf state’s embassy.
“Please accept our solidarity as well as our heartfelt condolences for the tragic loss of so many precious lives,” the statement said.
Among the countries notifying the State Department on Saturday of their intention to contribute were Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Others joining the list were Argentina, Chile, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Poland, Romania and Tunisia.
By Friday, offers had been received from Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Belgium, Britain, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Greece, Georgia, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, the Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Venezuela and the United Arab Emirates.
The cynic in me would lament the fact that Qatar can certainly afford this donation, since they’re getting so damn rich off of the high-priced oil they sell to us.
But it is still a very large sum of money that they are willingly giving to us in our time of need. And that is most certainly a welcome gesture, even if it costs me over 30 bucks now to fill up the tank in my little Neon…
(Also, it’s great to see Poland belatedly stepping up to the plate to offer help…)