KSRelief continues relief efforts in Hodeidah, Yemen

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King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) continues its relentless humanitarian efforts to relieve the suffering of the Yemeni people in Hodeidah. (SPA)
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King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) continues its relentless humanitarian efforts to relieve the suffering of the Yemeni people in Hodeidah. (SPA)
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King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) continues its relentless humanitarian efforts to relieve the suffering of the Yemeni people in Hodeidah. (SPA)
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King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) continues its relentless humanitarian efforts to relieve the suffering of the Yemeni people in Hodeidah. (SPA)
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King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) continues its relentless humanitarian efforts to relieve the suffering of the Yemeni people in Hodeidah. (SPA)
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King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) continues its relentless humanitarian efforts to relieve the suffering of the Yemeni people in Hodeidah. (SPA)
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King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) launched a sewing course for the families of orphans as part of its ‘handcrafts’ project that the center is running in five provinces in Yemen. (SPA)
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King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) launched a sewing course for the families of orphans as part of its 'handcrafts' project that the center is running in five provinces in Yemen. (SPA)
Updated 09 September 2018
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KSRelief continues relief efforts in Hodeidah, Yemen

JEDDAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) is continuing its relentless humanitarian efforts to relieve the suffering of the Yemeni people in Hodeidah, affected by the humanitarian crisis caused by the Houthi militia.
During the period from Jun. 15 till Sept. 4, the center provided a number of services to citizens and those displaced, through its various relief and humanitarian programs.
The programs consisted of 11,279 food baskets that benefited 67,674 individuals, 21,621 kilograms of dates that reached 129,726 people.
The center also distributed various accommodation materials, including 70 tents that aided 420 people, 1,620 blankets that were distributed to 1,620 people, and 140 rugs that benefited 420 people.
Over the past few months, the center also distributed 1,050 bags containing basic materials that helped 7,350 people, and 2,687 bags containing emergency items that benefiting 18.809 thousand individuals.;
The center announced that a total of 227,349 affected or displaced Yemenis from Hodeidah benefited from the aid.
The center is currently working on a project to improve water supply and environmental sanitation and nutrition and to set up mobile clinics to provide health care to the people of the governorate.
Yemen in general and the areas most in need in coordination with the offices of the United Nations humanitarian organizations and international organizations and the Yemeni government represented by the High Committee for Relief, and continuation of the humanitarian role carried out by the Kingdom through the Center for all governorates of Yemen without discrimination.
The projects fall in line with the directives of Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to direct aid to Yemen, particularly the areas most in need, in coordination with UN humanitarian bodies, international organizations and the Yemeni government, represented by the High Committee for Relief, to continue the Kingdom’s humanitarian role in indiscriminately aiding the Yemeni people via the center.
In addition to the Hodeidah projects, KSRelief has launched a sewing course for the families of orphans as part of its “handcrafts” project that the center is running in five provinces in Yemen.
Trainee Zeinab Omar was delighted with the training that the sewing course provided and said: “We did not have experience of using sewing machines but this course taught us a number of skills in this field.”
Another trainee, Huda Ahmed, pointed out that the course will benefit a number of trainees who will learn new skills, and these skills will help them to be independent in the future.
One of the course’s trainers, Samiha Ali, said there is a lot of interaction among trainees and they compete to learn basic skills.
She added that the trainees are very creative and eager to learn about the various stages of sewing such as cutting and tailoring and hemming garments.


India and Saudi Arabia take bilateral relationship to new heights

Updated 21 February 2019
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India and Saudi Arabia take bilateral relationship to new heights

  • Indian PM Narendra Modi heralds Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit on a day that delivers a strategic partnership

NEW DELHI: India and Saudi Arabia have taken their bilateral relationship to new heights with a decision to set up a Strategic Partnership Council and hold a summit meeting every two years.

The move was agreed during discussions between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Wednesday that yielded five memorandums of understanding in investment, tourism, housing, and information and broadcasting. 

The Saudi crown prince also announced a $100 billion investment in India in areas including energy, refining, petrochemicals, infrastructure, agriculture and manufacturing. 

Saudi Arabia is also investing in the IT industry, and India can help the Kingdom expand and strengthen its “IT footprint,” he said.

Meanwhile, New Delhi announced e-visa facilities for Saudi citizens to promote trade and tourism. 

The two leaders spoke one-on-one before the start of delegation-level talks. The Saudi crown prince’s visit has “given a new momentum to our age-old relationship,” Modi said in a joint press conference after the meeting.

Modi told the media that Saudi Arabia has agreed to become part of the International Solar Alliance, a group of “solar resource-rich countries” initiated by India to promote solar energy.

The “time has come to convert our energy relationship into a strategic partnership,” he said. “The biggest refinery in the world and Saudi participation in India’s strategic petroleum reserve elevate our relationship from a mere buyer-and-seller relationship.”

Speaking at the joint press conference, the Saudi crown prince agreed. “We are now diversifying our interests in petrochemicals and building storage capacities. We want to cooperate with India, and this will give a new momentum to our relationship,” he said.

The crown prince said that the tie between India and Saudi Arabia goes back in history and “flows in our blood.”

Recalling the visit of Modi to Riyadh in 2016, he said that “since then we have made great strides, and Saudi Arabia has made the investment of $44 million.”

Earlier in the day, the crown prince met with the media at the presidential palace. “The relationship between India and Saudi Arabia is in our DNA,” he explained. “Today, we want to be sure that the relationship is maintained and improved for the sake of both countries, and with the leadership of Mr. President and the Prime Minister, we can create good things for both countries.”

The crown prince expressed his admiration for Modi. “He is the elder brother and I am his younger brother.”

On the sidelines of yesterday’s talks, 400 business leaders from India and Saudi Arabia gathered in the capital under the banner of the Saudi India Forum to discuss opportunities for business cooperation.

“India and Saudi Arabia are undergoing a paradigm shift, and both countries need to cooperate strategically to realize the potential of the change,” said Dr. Faisal Al-Sugair, head of the Saudi Center for International Strategic Partnerships, in his inaugural address. 

“We want Indian companies to become strategic partners in Saudi Arabia’s march to realize (the) 2030 Vision.”

Yousef Al-Benyan, of the Saudi petrochemical company Sabic, said that “both India and Saudi Arabia are undergoing transformation, and at this stage we can do so many things together to realize the potential of the young generation.”

Azim Premji, of the Indian IT company Wipro, underlined the importance of “using India’s IT know-how” to access the knowledge and service industry in the country.

Indian foreign policy experts see the crown prince’s tour as a landmark development. “Mohammed bin Salman’s visit marks a paradigm shift in the relationship between New Delhi and Riyadh,” said Dr. Zakir Hussain, a New Delhi-based foreign policy expert. 

“The visit reveals  a mature partnership, and underscores the importance both countries place on each other’s growth and prosperity,” he said.