Saudi aid, donations reaching people around the world

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Pakistanis receiving food aid distributed by KSRelief in Gilgit Baltistan region on Friday on the occasion of Ramadan. (SPA)
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Pakistanis receiving food aid distributed by KSRelief in Gilgit Baltistan region on Friday on the occasion of Ramadan. (SPA)
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Pakistanis receiving food aid distributed by KSRelief in Gilgit Baltistan region on Friday on the occasion of Ramadan. (SPA)
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Pakistanis receiving food aid distributed by KSRelief in Gilgit Baltistan region on Friday on the occasion of Ramadan. (SPA)
Updated 12 May 2019
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Saudi aid, donations reaching people around the world

  • Yemen is the largest recipient of Saudi aid, with 330 projects in various sectors amounting to $1.99 billion
  • KSRelief's relief and humanitarian work are in line with Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is the world's biggest supporter of relief work around the world through its humanitarian initiatives, donations and assistance to affected countries either due to wars or natural disasters, an embodiment of the values ​​of humanity and the extension of its humanitarian role in relief without discrimination.

The total assistance provided by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) covering 44 countries worldwide amounted to $3.25 billion as of March 8, 2019. These consisted of 996 projects in several areas, including shelters, food security, health, education, water, environmental sanitation, nutrition and community support.

Yemen is the largest recipient of Saudi aid, with 330 projects in various sectors amounting to $1.99 billion, including education, health, water and environmental sanitation, support and coordination of humanitarian operations, food security, early recovery, shelter, non-food items, protection, among  others. 

Palestine is the second biggest to receive aid from KSRelief with a total of $352.9 million, earmarked for the implementation of 78 projects. Syria came third at $267.1 million dollars for 191 projects, followed by Somalia with $175.37 million for 37 projects.

A Pakistani man and his sons were among the recipients of food aid distributed by KSRelief in Pakistan's Gilgit Baltistan region Friday on the occasion of Ramadan. (SPA)

Pakistan is fifth at $116.6 million to cover 105 projects, followed by Indonesia with $71.25 million for 27 projects.

Iraq received $26.75 million from KSRelief for 13 projects, Lebanon got $24.8 million for 24 projects, Afghanistan got $22.3 million for 32 projects, and Myanmar had $17.5 million for 11 projects.

KSRelief's provided $12.9 million in financial assistance to Sri Lanka, $10.5 million to Nigeria and $9.6 million Tajikistan.

Despite of the great challenges that the center has faced, it was able to reach a global status among the international institutions and bodies working in the field of humanitarian relief work in a short period.

A Pakistani man shows the food aid he received from KSRelief in Gilgit Baltistan region Friday on the occasion of Ramadan. (SPA)

The Kingdom was the first to fund the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan in 2018, providing $11.88 billion since the beginning of Yemen's crisis sparked by the Houthi coup. It also carried out specific projects, including the rehabilitation project for child soldiers recruited and affected by the war in Yemen, and the "Masam" demining project.

 KSRelief also provided 10 international projects with a total cost reaching $94.2 million.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabiah, adviser to the Royal Court and KSRelief general supervisor, said in a statement that Saudi aid agency's relief and humanitarian work are in line with Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030.

King Salman has also approved the release of more than SR1.8 billion as Ramadan aid for various beneficiaries.


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

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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.