KSRelief, WFP sign deals to combat hunger across the world

Yemeni men carry food aid supplies in Al Hajjah on April 29, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 09 May 2018
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KSRelief, WFP sign deals to combat hunger across the world

  • The deal is to provide aid to Rohingya refugees and Yemenis

JEDDAH: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has signed three agreements with the World Food Program (WFP) to send aid to Rohingya refugees and to Yemen to avoid famine and to combat hunger across the world.
The first agreement includes joint cooperation in implementing the humanitarian food security project of Rohingya people displaced from Rakhine in Myanmar and living in Cox Bazaar camps in Bangladesh.
The two bodies will work together to distribute 1,400 tons of rice, legumes and vegetable oil with a value of $1 million to help 27,750 new arrivals at the refugee camps.
In order to respond to the threat of famine in Yemen, KSRelief and the WFP will distribute 17,117 metric tons of wheat, vegetable oil and legumes. The organizations will supervise handing over food vouchers equivalent to 5.5 million metric tons of food.
The vouchers, at a cost of $17.6 million, will help 489,400 people over eight months. The campaign will target the areas of Hajjah, Hodeidah, Dhamar Saada, Lahj, Amran, Aden, Sanaa, Amanah Sanaa, Ibb and Taiz.
The third agreement includes the signing of a memorandum of cooperation between KSRelief and WFP to strengthen their joint work to combat hunger among different peoples of the world, provide food assistance in emergencies and improve education.
The three agreements were signed at KSRelief’s headquarters in Riyadh by the KSRelief Supervisor General Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, and director WFP in the Arab Gulf States, Abdullah Al-Wardat.


Saudi Space Commission chief visits Russian space agency in Moscow

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Saudi Space Commission chief visits Russian space agency in Moscow

MOSCOW: Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Space Commission, visited the headquarters of the Russian space agency Roscosmos on Wednesday, for a working session alongside its director general, Dmitry Olegovich Rogozin.
The two sides discussed areas ripe for collaboration, including possible investments in the space sector as well as joint training programs and shared technological research.
Prince Sultan stressed the importance of the relationship between the two countries, and that it was essential to maintain it for both to progress in the increasingly competitive global space sector. He cited growing investment and cooperation as reasons to be optimistic, and highlighted the work of a joint commission between the two currently developing a Saudi national space strategy.
Rogozin said “Russia considers Saudi Arabia a serious partner, with a great regional and international influence.”
The two nations possess unique heritage in terms of cosmic exploration. Saudi Arabia was the first Arab (and, indeed, the first Muslim) nation to send an astronaut into space — Prince Sultan himself, in 1985. The Soviet Union, meanwhile, which preceded the Russian Federation, was the first nation to send a man into orbit, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in 1961.