Saudi Arabia's KSRelief: ‘Humanitarian aid to Yemen is Arab coalition’s top priority’

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) holds joint press conference with Mark Lowcock, UN under-secretary-general for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. (SPA)
Updated 02 December 2018
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Saudi Arabia's KSRelief: ‘Humanitarian aid to Yemen is Arab coalition’s top priority’

RIYADH: Humanitarian aspect of the Yemeni conflict is the top priority of Saudi Arabia and other members of the Arab coalition, said Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief).
He said the coalition members strongly support entry of humanitarian aid into Yemen and reject exploitation of this issue for political gains.
He was addressing a joint press conference held at KSRelief headquarters in Riyadh on Sunday with Mark Lowcock, UN under-secretary-general for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.
Al-Rabeeah called on the UN and the international community to act against Houthis and put an end to their violation of international laws, which the Iranian-backed group commits by hindering the safe passage of humanitarian aid to civilians.
Highlighting the strong historical bonds between Saudi Arabia and Yemen, he said members of the Arab coalition, particularly Saudi Arabia and the UAE, have made provision of humanitarian aid to Yemen their top priority.
Members of the coalition supporting the legitimate government in Yemen against the Houthi militias has so far donated $18 billion in aid to help Yemen over three years, KSRelief chief said.
He said the coalition is making efforts in coordination with different UN agencies to provide relief to the Yemenis.
In response to UN reports about worsening food security in Yemen, Al-Rabeeah said Saudi Arabia and the UAE pledged $500 million that will help around 13 million Yemenis in the coming months.
He also lauded the UN for taking measures in coordination with KSRelief to alleviate the suffering of the Yemenis.
The UN official praised the Kingdom’s humanitarian efforts in Yemen. Lowcock said six million Yemenis receive humanitarian aid from Saudi Arabia through KSRelief.
The center, he added, also contributed to the provision of food and drinking water to Yemeni civilians.
He said the UN hopes to play a constructive role in reaching an amicable agreement over Yemen’s Hodeidah Port.
Lowcock expressed his thanks to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait and other countries and international organizations for their great role in supporting humanitarian work in Yemen.


Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

Updated 22 April 2019
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Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

  • Al-Issa lauds Russian model of national harmony and coexistence
  • Al-Issa also met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament last month

MOSCOW: The Secretary-General of the Muslim World League (MWL) Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa held a meeting with the president of the Russian People’s Council, Sergei Ordzhonikidze, and other council members, where they discussed issues of common interest.

They looked into means of boosting cooperation between Russia and the Muslim world, supporting positive national integration programs and countering extremist speeches and Islamophobia.

Al-Issa lauded the Russian model of national harmony and coexistence, while Ordzhonikidze presented Al-Issa with a copy of the council’s yearly report.

At the meeting the two parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to share their experiences in the fight against extremist ideologies, the promotion of interreligious dialogue and coexistence and the implementation of joint projects to achieve shared goals. They also stressed the pure and peaceful values of Islam and rejected all forms of extremism and Islamophobia.

The meeting was attended by the Russian deputy chairman of the Committee for the Development of Agriculture, Aygun Memedov, the chairman of the Committee on the Normalization of Relations Between Nationalities and Religions, Sheikh Albert Karganov, the Mufti of Moscow and the Khanti-Mansisk Region in Siberia Sheikh Tahir Samatov.

Last month, Al-Issa met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament Vyacheslav Volodin. They discussed subjects related to promoting and supporting dialogue among followers of different religions and civilizations, activating cultural contacts and exchanges between the Muslim world and Russia.

Al-Issa signed a cooperation agreement between the MWL and Moscow’s Fund for Islamic Culture, Science and Education. The agreement focused on tackling extremism and promoting tolerance. The agreement stressed the need for cooperation in the fight against extremism, intolerance, aggression and hostility among religions, races and ideologies that could lead to terrorism.

Both parties agreed to exchange information on the activities of scientific centers, cultural forums and websites.