KSRelief to launch ‘aid projects for Syrian refugees in Lebanon’

“The purpose of this trip is to implement a series of relief projects and extend bridges of cooperation between KSRelief and Lebanese civil society institutions.” — Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah KSRelief general supervisor. (SPA)
Updated 23 April 2019
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KSRelief to launch ‘aid projects for Syrian refugees in Lebanon’

  • Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah announced the initiatives at the start of a three-day visit to Lebanon
  • UN figures put Saudi Arabia at the forefront of efforts to provide relief for refugees and crisis-hit people

BEIRUT: The general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) on Monday revealed plans to launch vital aid projects for Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah announced the initiatives at the start of a three-day visit to Lebanon aimed at stepping up joint relief work in the country.

After being met by the Saudi ambassador to Lebanon, Walid Al-Bukhari, at Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Al-Rabeeah said in a statement that he was looking forward to further cementing the strong bonds between the two countries.

He said the purpose of his trip was for the Kingdom to “implement a series of relief and humanitarian projects, meet with officials in Lebanon, and extend bridges of cooperation between KSRelief and Lebanese civil society institutions.”

He added that the meetings in Beirut were part of “building strong bridges of cooperation for the benefit of refugees as well as those in need in various areas of Lebanon.”

Al-Rabeeah noted that the Kingdom was the world leader in initiating humanitarian projects and said UN figures put Saudi Arabia at the forefront of efforts to provide relief for refugees and crisis-hit people.

Al-Rabeeah, who is also a royal adviser, on Monday met with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, along with religious leaders including the grand mufti of Lebanon, Sheikh Abdul Latif Deryan, head of the Supreme Islamic Shiite Council, Sheikh Abdul Amir Qabalan, Druze spiritual chief Sheikh Naim Hassan, and Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rahi.

He said he would be happy to meet Lebanese President Michel Aoun if their schedules allowed.

During talks with Deryan, Al-Rabeeah stressed that Saudi Arabia was keen to support aid work in Lebanon. “We will extend our cooperation with Dar Al-Fatwa and its humanitarian, governmental and community organizations in Lebanon. I am sure that this visit will result in many programs that will serve the refugees and the needy in Lebanon and benefit everyone.”

On the Kingdom’s vision for Lebanon, he added: “Everyone is optimistic about the future of Lebanon, not just me. First and foremost, the Lebanese communities are keen to build a new Lebanon. I am also sure that friendly countries, especially Saudi Arabia, will support its reconstruction and development.”

Deryan praised “the efforts of KSRelief to heal the wounds of the needy in Lebanon and the Arab region.”

As part of his trip, Al-Rabeeah will travel to the town of Saadnayel, in the Bekaa area, to visit Syrian refugee camps and launch a UNESCO schools project to support basic education for Syrian refugee students in Lebanon.

The project is funded by KSRelief and implemented in partnership with the Kayany Foundation, headed by Nora Jumblatt.

A UNESCO spokesperson told Arab News: “The project aims to widen education opportunities and help at-risk Syrian students in Lebanon, especially at the intermediate and high school levels. It is linked to ongoing initiatives related to the education of Syrians in Lebanon in an attempt to fill the gap and complement recent efforts.”

Al-Rabeeah will be joined at the launch event by Lebanese Minister of Education Akram Chehayeb, Jumblatt, UN resident and humanitarian coordinator for Lebanon, Philippe Lazzarini, and director of the UNESCO regional office in Beirut, Hamed Al-Hammami.


Peace is our priority but the world must take a stand against Iran, says Saudi cabinet

Updated 22 May 2019
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Peace is our priority but the world must take a stand against Iran, says Saudi cabinet

  • Saudi cabinet says the international community must take firm action against the regime in Tehran
  • Saudi’s king invites GCC leaders to hold Gulf and Arab summits in Makkah on May 30

JEDDAH: The Saudi cabinet on Tuesday said that while the Kingdom believes all people in the region have a right to live in peace, including the Iranians, the international community must take firm action against the regime in Tehran to prevent it from spreading destruction and chaos.

After a meeting of the Council of Ministers at Assalam Palace, presided over by King Salman, Turki Al-Shabanah, the minister of media, told the Saudi Press Agency that the cabinet reviewed reports on regional and global development, and the king invited GCC leaders to hold Gulf and Arab summits in Makkah on May 30. The invitation reflects the Kingdom’s desire to work with other nations to boost security and stability in the region, the minister said, especially in light of the Iran’s continuing aggressive actions. The regime’s recent activities threaten regional and international peace and security, and the supply and stability of international oil markets, he added.

Al-Shabanah reiterated the Kingdom’s commitment to peace and said it will make every effort to prevent war. The nation’s hand is always extended, he added, in the belief that everyone in the region, including the Iranians, has the right to live in a secure and stable environment.

However, the cabinet called on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities by taking a firm stance against the actions of the regime in Tehran, to prevent its disruptive and destructive activities throughout the world. It also called on Iran to halt the reckless and irresponsible behavior of its agents, to save the region from the dangers they pose and potential repercussions.

The cabinet also expressed the Kingdom’s hopes and expectations that the 14th Ordinary Session of the Islamic Summit Conference, will encourage unity of response to ongoing events in the Islamic world. The summit, chaired by King Salman, will be held in Makkah on May 31 under the title “Makkah Summit: Hand in Hand toward the Future.”

Ministers heard that the Kingdom has sent $250 million to the Central Bank of Sudan as part of a previously announced package of assistance in partnership with the United Arab Emirates. This latest demonstration of support from the Kingdom to the Sudanese people aims to help stabilize the country’s economy, and strengthen the Sudanese pound in particular, to help improve the lives of the nation’s people.

The cabinet also welcomed the decision of the 14th meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee to monitor an oil production reduction agreement concluded in Jeddah, which was headed by the Kingdom and Russia, and affirmed its commitment to balancing the oil market and stabilizing it on a sustainable basis.

Turning to local affairs, the Council of Ministers confirmed the generous support of SR 100 million ($26.7 million) from the king, and SR 30 million from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the Jood Housing platform. Launched a day earlier, and supervised by the National Housing Development Association, it aims to accelerate the development process through the introduction of a new model of social solidarity, in which government, charities and commercial entities work together in accordance with regulations designed to provide support for those in need.

The council also discussed the results of the 26th meeting of the region’s governors, and praised the king for his directives designed to preserve security and help people throughout the Kingdom.