Saudi Arabia provides $584.4 million relief assistance to Yemenis

Saudi Arabia is among the top 10 countries in the world in terms of the value and volume of aid provided in alleviating the suffering of the needy. (SPA)
Updated 03 April 2017
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Saudi Arabia provides $584.4 million relief assistance to Yemenis

RIYADH: The King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid has provided relief assistance worth $584.4 million to aid Yemeni citizens, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
Headed by Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, the center has been developing partnerships with international agencies to help the needy in Yemen, Djibouti and Ethiopia, and is planning to extend aid to other deprived countries.
In an earlier statement, Al-Rabeeah said: “The Kingdom is among the top 10 countries in the world in terms of the value and volume of aid provided in alleviating the suffering of the needy.”
The total amount spent by the Kingdom in relief aid programs during the past four decades has been around $115 billion from which over 90 countries have benefited.
The King Salman Center has now started working on two more projects: Tackling malnutrition among children and pregnant mothers, and provision of water supplies in 15 Yemeni governorates.
The total number of projects directed at Yemeni citizens has reached 123, and the number of partners that have stood by such projects has reached 81, the agency said.
The number of food, security and shelter projects has reached 44 at a cost of $238 million, which benefited 20 million people with the help of 24 partners.
The center has provided 16 projects related to education, family protection and early recovery programs at a cost of $78.17 million, while projects related to health, nutrition and environmental sanitation reached 53 at a cost of $211.48 million.
The number of beneficiaries in the two categories of projects reached 3,914,236 and 27,780,814, respectively, the agency said.
Regarding projects related to communications in emergencies, logistics and coordination of humanitarian operations, the center allocated 10 projects at a cost of $56.95 million. Some 15,657 people benefited from these projects.


Putin welcomes Saudi delegation at St. Petersburg cultural forum

Updated 18 November 2018
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Putin welcomes Saudi delegation at St. Petersburg cultural forum

JEDDAH: Russian President Vladimir Putin warmly welcomed Saudi Arabia’s delegation to the 7th St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum as one of the main guest countries attending the annual event.
The delegation was headed by Saudi Minister of Culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, who posted a selfie with Putin on his Twitter account.
“We responded to the invitation from our friends in Russia to participate in the St. Petersburg cultural forum, and it was an opportunity to meet with officials to promote cultural cooperation,” the post said.


The forum, which ran from Nov. 15-17, was held under the theme “Culture as a Strategic Potential of the Country,” was attended by visitors from 101 countries.
Opening the forum, the Russian president expressed hope that the event would develop fruitful dialogue between society and the state.
Putin said the forum gives others a chance to get to know Russia more closely, stressed that “what distinguishes his country is the diversity of languages and traditions.”
During the visit the Saudi minister held talks with the Russian president on the sidelines of the event.
He also met his Italian counterpart, Alberto Bonisoli, on the sidelines of the forum to discuss areas of joint cooperation between the two countries and means of enhancing Saudi-Italian cultural relations.
“I was delighted to meet with the Italian Minister of Culture and we have many opportunities for a future of strong cooperation between the two countries,” Prince Badr tweeted.

Bonisoli said that culture is “a means of communication” for politics, even when serious international crises occur.
“If there are problems between two or more countries, according to their positions, culture is still a way to convey the messages of partnerships, communities, politicians, and sometimes to promote fundamental values,” he added.
The St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum annually attracts thousands of experts in the field of culture from all over the world.
Stars of theater, opera and ballet, renowned directors and musicians, public figures, representatives of and academic communities, all attend the event.
The year’s program includes 14 pavilions, including museums, circuses, theaters, cinema, literature, tourism, folklore and popular culture.