Peace and safety will prevail in Syria, says KSRelief chief

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Abdullah Al-Rabeeah discussed the situation in the camp, as well as current and future humanitarian projects there. (SPA)
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Abdullah Al-Rabeeah discussed the situation in the camp, as well as current and future humanitarian projects there. (SPA)
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Abdullah Al-Rabeeah discussed the situation in the camp, as well as current and future humanitarian projects there. (SPA)
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Abdullah Al-Rabeeah discussed the situation in the camp, as well as current and future humanitarian projects there. (SPA)
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Abdullah Al-Rabeeah discussed the situation in the camp, as well as current and future humanitarian projects there. (SPA)
Updated 18 September 2018

Peace and safety will prevail in Syria, says KSRelief chief

  • Abdullah Al-Rabeeah discussed the situation in the camp, as well as current and future humanitarian projects there
  • Saudi Arabia, represented by KSRelief, is keen to alleviate the suffering of Syrian refugees in Jordan

JEDDAH: The supervisor general of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) visited Jordan’s Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees to check on the progress of KSRelief’s projects there.
Abdullah Al-Rabeeah discussed the situation in the camp, as well as current and future humanitarian projects there, with officials at the camp and representatives of organizations working there.
The camp is located in northeast Jordan, about 70 km from the capital Amman, and hosts 70,000 Syrian refugees, accounting for 22 percent of their total number in the country.
Saudi Arabia, represented by KSRelief, is keen to alleviate the suffering of Syrian refugees in Jordan, and to ease the burden on the country’s government, said Al-Rabeeah.
“In the next few days of this visit, we will see the signing of deals for more programs and projects with our partners in international humanitarian organizations,” he added.
Al-Rabeeah expressed hope that peace and safety will prevail in Syria so refugees can return to their country.
At Zaatari, he and his delegation visited the distribution center of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the catering center of the World Food Program (WFP).
Al-Rabeeah contributed to distributing 2,000 bags to Syrian students at the primary school of the Saudi complex in the camp.
The distribution is part of a project in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon to provide 450,000 school bags that include all students’ needs at the start of every school year. The total value of the project is $4.437 million.
Al-Rabeeah met with distinguished students and children with special needs to encourage them and give them moral support. He also toured KSRelief’s 15 specialized clinics in Zaatari.
He attended the cultural training program provided by the MiSK Foundation in the camp, and inaugurated the Advanced Saudi Center for Community Education and Training, which includes computer programing, basic sciences, health, tailoring, weaving and handicrafts.
Al-Rabeeah visited Syrian families in Zaatari and listened to their stories. He also visited the handicrafts exhibition in the camp, which includes paintings and sculptures that reflect refugees’ emotions and creativity.
He visited the exhibition of the Saudi Training Center for Handicrafts and Recycling, patronized a ceremony to honor outstanding students, and gave them awards.
Meanwhile, Al-Rabeeah has signed a joint program for treating cancer patients from Yemeni and Syrian refugees at Jordan’s King Hussien Cancer Center.
He visited the headquarters of the King Hussien Cancer Center in Amman on Tuesday, where he met several of the foundation’s leaders.
Al-Rabeeah met her royal highness Princess Ghida Talal, the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation.
His excellency discussed with Talal ways of boosting cooperation, and signed the joint agreement which aims to provide diagnostic and therapeutic services to cancer patients.


Photo exhibition recalls 90 years of Saudi-Lebanon ties

Updated 19 August 2019

Photo exhibition recalls 90 years of Saudi-Lebanon ties

  • Thousands of photos on display
  • Ties ‘rooted’ in history, says Kingdom’s ambassador

BEIRUT: Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Lebanon Walid Bukhari and Lebanon’s Minister of Information Minister of Information Jamal Jarrah on Monday inaugurated a photography exhibition celebrating 90 years of bilateral relations.

The King Abdul Aziz Foundation for Research and Archives and the Abdulaziz Saud Al-Babtain Cultural Foundation provided the embassy in Lebanon with historical documents and photos for the exhibition, which was launched on World Photography Day. Some of the material dates back more than 90 years.

Bukhari said the exhibition’s content proved that the countries’ relations were rooted in history and recalled the words of King Abdul Aziz bin Abdulrahman, who said: “Lebanon is part of us. I protect its independence myself and will not allow anything to harm it.”

Jarrah, who was representing Prime Minister Saad Hariri, said: “We need this Arab embrace in light of the attacks targeting the Arab region and we still need the Kingdom’s support for Lebanon’s stability, because Lebanon is truly the center from which Arabism originated.”

The exhibition starts with a document appointing Mohammed Eid Al-Rawaf as the Kingdom’s consul in Syria and Lebanon. It was signed by King Abdul Aziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Faisal Al-Saud in 1930 and states that the consul’s residence is in Damascus and that his mission is to “promote Saudi merchants, care for their affairs and assist them with their legal and commercial interests.”

Black and white pictures summarize milestones in the development of bilateral relations, while others depict key visits and meetings between leaders and dignitaries.

“The exhibition demanded great efforts because the pieces were not found at one single location,” former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora told Arab News. “Circulating this activity in the Kingdom’s embassies in numerous countries is a great step and has pushed the Lebanese Ministry of Information to benefit from this archive. The Lebanese people remember the important positions the Kingdom has taken over the year to support their independence and sovereignty and in hard times.”

Lebanon, particularly Beirut, is a hit with Saudi travelers although the Kingdom had been advising citizens since 2011 to avoid the country, citing Hezbollah’s influence and instability from the war in neighboring Syria. 

But the easing of restrictions since February has led to a surge in Saudis heading to Lebanon.

Riyadh earlier this year released $1 billion in funding and pledged to boost Lebanon’s struggling economy. Another sign of warming ties was an anniversary event marking the 2005 assassination of Hariri’s father that featured Saudi Royal Court adviser Nizar Al-Aloula as a keynote speaker.

“The exhibition highlights the unique model of Lebanese-Arab relations that should be taught in diplomatic institutes, starting with the Lebanese Foreign Ministry,” former minister Marwan Hamadeh told Arab News. “Over the course of 90 years, we have had brotherly ties and political support for independence, freedom, growth, economy and culture and then the Taif Accord (which ended the Lebanese Civil War). Even after that, when Lebanon engaged in military adventures, the Kingdom was there to help with reconstruction and we are proud of these relations.”

Highlights include a recording of King Faisal telling President Charles Helou about the need to strengthen “brotherhood in the face of the aggression targeting our countries without respecting the sanctity of holy sites and international, human and moral norms to extend its influence not only in the region but across the world.”

There are also photos from a recent meeting that brought together King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Lebanese officials. 

An old broadcast recording can be heard saying that the “tragedy of the Lebanese civil war can only be ended by affirming the Lebanese legitimacy and preserving its independence and territorial integrity.”

The exhibition is on at Beit Beirut, which is located on what used to be the frontline that divided the city during the civil war.