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Young Son of UAE Minister Gatecrashes Virtual Pledging Conference for Yemen, Drawing Laughs

During a global conference that was addressed for Yemen on June 2, the son of a minister who was representing the United Arab Emirates (UAE) made an appearance that drew laughs from high-level speakers.

The conference, which was co-hosted by the UN and Saudi Arabia, aimed at donating $2.4 billion to Yemen amid what the UN has called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, donations fell short of the target, with donors promising $1.35 billion for aid agencies.

This video shows UAE minister Reem Al-Hashimi telling her son “to go over there” when he suddenly appears in the video and leans on her shoulder. She can be seen extending one arm to keep him out of the frame.

On Twitter, UAE Foreign Affairs Minister Anwar Gargash expressed his admiration for the moment. “Great moment with my colleague HE Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, at the Yemen Donor’s Conference,” he said. “Proud of the success of Emirati women in whatever they choose to do.” Credit: United Nations via Storyful