First OIC meeting in Astana to discuss science, technology

Updated 12 August 2017
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First OIC meeting in Astana to discuss science, technology

RIYADH: The first Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit in Astana, Kazakhstan, from Sept. 7 to 11 will discuss scientific and technical issues and strategies in the next 10 years. The event comes as the organization strives to focus on promoting scientific and technical industries.
Naim Khan, OIC assistant secretary-general for science and technology, said the focus will be on strategies that can be achieved over a timetable spanning a decade. “This is the first summit in a Central Asian country in the presence of kings, princes and heads of Islamic states,” he said.
“The leaders at the upcoming summit will confirm their support for including these priorities in their national policies and development strategies.”
Meanwhile, the OIC General Secretariat condemned a terrorist attack that killed four soldiers in northern Sinai, Egypt, on Wednesday.
Secretary-General Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and to the Egyptian government.
He stressed the OIC’s solidarity with Egypt against terrorism and extremism.


Saudi Arabia's KSRelief distributes assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon

KSRelief distributed assistance to Syrian refugees. (SPA/file)
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Saudi Arabia's KSRelief distributes assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon

  • KSRelief seeks to ensure that the living conditions of Syrian refugees are in accordance with international specifications
  • The center also distributed 3,500 cartons of dates in the villages of Izzala Al-Jumah in Yemen

JEDDAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) distributed humanitarian aid including birth kits, personal bags and baby blankets to Syrian female refugees staying in Osman Hospital and Central Hospital in Kattermaya, Kharoub province of Lebanon on Friday.

This distribution is within the framework of the assistance provided by the center for displaced Syrians and refugees in neighboring countries. 

KSRelief seeks to ensure that the living conditions of Syrian refugees are in accordance with international specifications through various relief programs. 

Earlier, winter blankets, jackets, jumpers, hats and other items were distributed to meet the basic needs of refugee families.

The center also distributed 3,500 cartons of dates in the villages of Izzala Al-Jumah in Al-Mukha directorate in Taiz governorate, benefiting 21,000 people.

In addition, 36 trucks with 469,483 kg of relief, shelter and medicines crossed Al-Wadiaa border on Thursday evening as part of the KSRelief plan to help Yemenis.

Of this total, 26 trucks with 500 food baskets, weighing 375 tons, in addition to 43,173 kg of shelter items, will be heading to Maareb province, and ten trucks carrying 42,221 kg of shelter items and 9.89 tons of medications will go to Aden.

On Thursday, the Bahraini Royal Charity Foundation and the Khalifa bin Zayed Foundation for Humanitarian Affairs signed an MoU for the establishment of the Bahrain Health Center in Aden, Yemen, at a cost of $2 million, in the presence of Ahmed bin Ali Al-Bayez, assistant general supervisor of operations and programs at KSRelief, and a number of officials. SPA, Jeddah