Djibouti minister hails KSRelief humanitarian efforts for distressed citizens, refugees

KSRelief General Supervisor Abdullah Al-Rabeeah meets with Djibouti Health Minister Djama Elmi Okieh in Riyadh on Friday. (SPA)
Updated 29 October 2017
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Djibouti minister hails KSRelief humanitarian efforts for distressed citizens, refugees

RIYADH: The Djibouti minister of health praised services provided by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) for his country, especially in the health sector.
This came during a meeting on Saturday between Djibouti’s Health Minister Djama Elmi Okieh and the adviser to the royal court and general supervisor of KSRelief, Abdullah Al-Rabeeah at the headquarters of the center in Riyadh.
During the meeting, they reviewed the services provided by KSRelief to the distressed and the needy in Djibouti and the humanitarian programs carried out in support of the Ministry of Health in cooperation with UN relief and humanitarian organizations.
The two sides also discussed a number of important issues in the field of humanitarian work and the possibility of cooperation in this regard.
In a press statement after the meeting, the minister expressed his sincere thanks and appreciation to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the Kingdom’s support to Djibouti through KSRelief.
The minister explained that “the center supported the health sector in Djibouti with medicines, equipment and provided services to Djiboutian citizens and refugees, whether from Yemen, Somalia or Ethiopia, and has helped nearly 175,000 citizens and residents.”
Okieh praised the acute vision of the Saudi leadership that is represented in the establishment of this center to serve as the Kingdom’s benevolent arm.
“The KSRelief provided assistance to 38 countries around the world in all areas of relief and health care in a short period since its establishment two-and-a-half years ago.”
The minister said that Saudi Arabia has provided services to Muslims and non-Muslims in many countries, in addition to the assistance provided to them in Djibouti, and Yemeni refugees who came to the country and reside in the Abkh camp.
“We look forward to the visit of Al-Rabeeah to inaugurate an integrated complex with its various services for Yemeni refugees in Djibouti, which is an important model and symbolizes the Kingdom’s support of its brothers,” he added.


Pilgrims from all nationalities took part in Saudi National Day

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Pilgrims from all nationalities took part in Saudi National Day

  • A number of pilgrims from various nationalities participated in a national initiative, organized by the Hadiya Association, in the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah
  • This is the first time that pilgrims, who have now finished their rituals and will leave on Sept. 25, have celebrated this special day with all of the people of Saudi Arabia

MAKKAH: Pilgrims from all nationalities took part in the celebrations to mark the 88th Saudi National Day, paying thanks to the Saudi government for the services provided to the two Holy Mosques.

After Saudi Arabia announced the success of this year’s Hajj season, the Umrah season kicked off. It also began to receive pilgrims from all nationalities, all of whom stressed that they cannot forget Saudi Arabia’s support in granting them their rights and helping them throughout their economic hardships.

“Every year I come to Saudi Arabia for Umrah. I am used to performing Umrah every year, but this year is special because it coincides with the National Saudi Day,” said Hamdi Abul-Enein, from Egypt, adding: “For the first time in my life I see the Saudi people celebrating their National Day, reflecting the cohesion between the citizens and their leadership. This is not surprising because we know the core of Saudi people are keen on the security and stability of the country.”

Hamdi added: “In Egypt, we share the joys of the Saudi people. For decades, there have been strong ties between Egyptians and our Saudi brothers. Sincere ties based on the Islamic religion joins us. Congratulations to Saudi Arabia and its citizens.”

Ali Al-Saradi, a pilgrim from Yemen, said: “I roamed the streets of Makkah and Medinah, and found people celebrating the national day. We admire the unity and loyalty of our Saudi brothers to their leadership. I am keen on sharing these celebrations with my Saudi brothers. In Yemen, we are happy for the Saudi citizens’ happiness. We consider them as our brothers and therefore we are happy for their joys and are sad for their sadness.”

Kuwaiti pilgrim, Abdullah Al-Ajami said: “This occasion is not only celebrated by the Saudi people, but also by all those who love this country. I can confirm that the rulers of this country are very generous and put all efforts to serve the two holy mosques. So it is no surprise to see so many nationalities celebrating the National Saudi Day.”

“The Saudi leadership and people stood with their Kuwaiti brothers during the brutal invasion; they opened their hearts before their homes. They were the first to work for the liberation of our country, and this is what strengthened the blood ties between us for decades. I ask God to perpetuate their joys,” he added.

The Hadiya Association involved pilgrims and visitors in celebrating the 88th National Day Festival.

A number of pilgrims from various nationalities participated in a national initiative, organized by the Hadiya Association, held during a reception and farewell for pilgrims, in the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.

The Association distributed Saudi flags and gifts to the pilgrims. They received traditional Saudi hospitality and were given a presentation on the National Project, conducted in sign language in order to engage deaf people in the celebrations for the first time. The presentation, which was part of the Association’s project entitled “Nourishment of the Soul”, was conducted in 67 languages with the participation of both volunteers and multi-national students currently on scholarships in Saudi universities.

The Director General of the Association, Sheikh Mansoor Al Amer, expressed his joy seeing the pilgrims enthusiasm and willingness to engage in the celebrations for Saudi National Day, which commemorates the unification of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and expresses appreciation of the services provided by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques during their spiritual journey in Makkah, Madinah, and Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah.

This is the first time that pilgrims, who have now finished their rituals and will leave on Sept. 25, have celebrated this special day with all of the people of Saudi Arabia, in what has widely been seen as a practical application of the Kingdom’s new 2030 vision.

Sheikh Al Amer added that a number of volunteers from different fields were cooperating with the association. They have circulated a clip on social media showing the Saudi national anthem being translated into sign language. The anthem was produced in association with Saleh Bin Hamood Al Nefaie, a sign language translator for the Friday sermon, which is regularly broadcasted from the Holy Mosque in Makkah and aired on the Qur’an Channel.